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Steele decries black critics as racists

By S.A. Miller

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

November 7, 2005

http://www.washtimes.com/metro/20051107-122435-8462r.htm

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele said black Democratic leaders who call racially tinged attacks on him fair game because he is a conservative Republican have exposed themselves as racists and cast shame upon the state.

"I think it diminishes their leadership," Mr. Steele said in an interview. "But most importantly, I think it embarrasses our state to have elected officials speak in those terms. Marylanders now have a sense of the content of their character, because that is what [Martin Luther King] wanted us to judge each other by, and that's enough for me."

In a wide-ranging interview, Mr. Steele voiced support for affirmative action and the war in Iraq. He also expressed offense that black Democrats would accept branding him an "Oreo cookie" or an "Uncle Tom" because his campaign for the U.S. Senate espouses a message of personal responsibility and individual empowerment.

The lieutenant governor, who is the first black man elected to statewide office in Maryland, said he bristled at a report in The Times on Wednesday that several black Democratic lawmakers condoned racial attacks against Mr. Steele because his political positions do not reflect those of the black community.

"Party trumps race, especially on the national level," said state Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, a black Baltimore Democrat. "It's democracy, perhaps at its worst, but it is democracy."

Delegate Salima Siler Marriott, a black Baltimore Democrat, said Mr. Steele invites racially charged criticism -- including labels such as "Oreo cookie" and "Uncle Tom" -- because his conservative philosophy is anti-black, in her opinion.

"The fact that my values are outside the black community ... will come as a surprise to my mother, who raised me with those values," said Mr. Steele, whose widowed mother raised him in the District working as a minimum-wage seamstress and refused welfare.

"When I have opponents like that say that I am anti-black, [i say] show me in my rhetoric where I have been anti-black, tell what I have said that has been anti-black," he said.

"When I talk about empowering my community and all communities, not just African-Americans but everyone, when I talk about giving your business a fair opportunity, a fair shake, giving your child a fair shot at a good education, giving your community a fair shot at re-establishing itself and growing again, I don't know where that becomes anti-anyone."

Mr. Steele, a former chairman of the state Republican Party, said his party has failed to articulate its message to black voters but he intends to correct that mistake.

"The philosophy, the policies that we espouse go directly to the benefit of the black community," he said. "But our problem is we never stepped up and started talking about that directly to the community."

Mr. Steele commended Kweisi Mfume, a candidate in the race to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, for criticizing fellow black Democrats who approve of racial attacks.

Mr. Mfume, former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was joined by members of the Congressional Black Caucus in saying that Baltimore lawmakers in the General Assembly should "cease and desist" from making racial comments about Mr. Steele.

The lieutenant governor was critical of politicians who did not repudiate the comments, including Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, both white Democrats who are running for governor.

"I'm surprised and embarrassed for Doug Duncan and Martin O'Malley who seemed to duck the question, and they want to be governor," he said.

The Times reported Friday that U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin pledged to not use racially charged attacks in his run for senator but stopped short of chiding fellow Maryland Democrats who approve of such tactics.

"This is the Democratic Party, after all. We have a rather open party, and people are very opinionated," Mr. Cardin said. "I'm not going to start dealing with that other than to say ... our campaign will not permit any racial issues. We are going to deal solely on the issues."

According to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Mr. Steele has raised more money for his Senate bid than any other candidate except Mr. Cardin.

Mr. Steele had raised more than $400,000 for a campaign and has about $350,000 in cash on hand, while Mr. Cardin had raised $837,000 in the past three months and has $1.5 million in the bank, the Associated Press reported last month.

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No, Steele and Erlich just plain "suck"

Ask the University of Maryland and other state schools.

They made it more expensive to go there because they cut their funding. Then they go and use the school golf course to hang out with Gary Williams and Mr. Tony.

College costs were out of hand LONG before Erlich took office.

Lets not forget the roll the (democrat controlled) General Assembly has in this as well.

And while you think Erlich may "suck" I'd rather have him in office than Duncan who will allow the rest of MD to be developed without any regulation just like Mont Co. I'd also rather have him in Office ahead of O'Malley. If he can't even straighten one city, how does he think he can help an entire state?

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I heard about this on the radio and Connected Coast to Coast the other day and I think Steele has every right to be outraged, although not just at African American leaders but at everyone who refused to condemn these actions. To suggest that all members of a certain race or class should vote the same way is insulting and streotyping.

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College costs were out of hand LONG before Erlich took office.

Lets not forget the roll the (democrat controlled) General Assembly has in this as well.

And while you think Erlich may "suck" I'd rather have him in office than Duncan who will allow the rest of MD to be developed without any regulation just like Mont Co. I'd also rather have him in Office ahead of O'Malley. If he can't even straighten one city, how does he think he can help an entire state?

Weinus..... the jump in cost for Maryland from my last year there, to Hilary's is a 40% increase. 40%! That's insane. 40% raise from '01 to '05?. I'd accept up to 25%, but 40% is messed up.

They cut the funding. It was covered while happening, and when Erlich shows up, they protest him there.

I'm not going to defend a fathead like Duncan. But Erlich has been flat out awful.

Where is my Casino!?!?!?! ;)

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Weinus..... the jump in cost for Maryland from my last year there, to Hilary's is a 40% increase. 40%! That's insane. 40% raise from '01 to '05?. I'd accept up to 25%, but 40% is messed up.

They cut the funding. It was covered while happening, and when Erlich shows up, they protest him there.

I'm not going to defend a fathead like Duncan. But Erlich has been flat out awful.

Where is my Casino!?!?!?! ;)

The general assembly REFUSES to allow slots to be incorporated at the race tracks, despite the damage it is doing to the horse racing industry in the state. Magna (the company that organizes the races at MD tracks) cut the number of races at MD tracks almost in half. They are moving them to Pa, WV and DE all that have slots. The Preakness is in danger of not being run in a few years.

As for college costs, at Towson University, the costs haven't jumped 40%. I think UMDs problem is they are buying into the hype of MD being an elite university, and pricing it as such.

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