Move over Virginia Democrats, Maryland Democrats are looking to take some heat off you.
A Maryland lawmaker who witnesses say used a racial slur to describe a legislative district in Prince George’s County has been stripped of her leadership position and will undergo sensitivity training, the House Speaker’s office announced on Tuesday.
Del. Mary Ann Lisanti (D-Harford) issued a public apology Tuesday afternoon, after apologizing to the executive committee of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland on Monday night and to the House Democratic Caucus on Tuesday morning.
“I deeply apologize . . . for my word choice several weeks ago,” Lisanti, 51, said in a statement. “I am sickened that a word that is not in my vocabulary came out of my mouth. It does not represent my belief system, my life’s work or what is my heart.”
While speaking to black caucus leaders, Lisanti said she did not recall using the racial slur in an after-hours conversation with other lawmakers, according to Del. Darryl Barnes (D-Prince George’s), who chairs the caucus.