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Maryland Democratic Party official resigns after questioning the ‘electability’ of black candidates

According to a statement released by the state party chair on Monday, a Maryland Democratic Party official as well as longtime party donor resigned after she sent an email questioning the electability of black candidates in the state’s governor’s race.

Barbara Goldberg Goldman, who had been the deputy treasurer for the party in Maryland, “has tendered her resignation and I have accepted it,” said Yvette Lewis, the state party chair.

“We do not condone or support the comments in her email,” Lewis wrote in the statement. “They do not represent the values of the Maryland Democratic Party.”

Goldman’s resignation was announced just the day after Axios reported on an email she sent in December, where she explained why she would be endorsing the former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez for the state’s gubernatorial nomination. 

In her December 15 email, Goldman started out by saying, “So, my thinking beyond here is the age-old question: Which candidate(s) have a better chance in the General election of beating an attractive female Hogan team member for whom both Dems and Repubs have expressed genuine likability?”

She continued, “Consider this: Three African-American males have run statewide for Governor and have lost. Maryland is not a Blue state. It’s a purple one. This is a fact we must not ignore. In the last 20 years, only eight have been with a Democratic Governor. We need a winning team. IMHO.” 

So far there are 10 candidates running in Maryland’s Democratic primary as well as three Republicans running in the GOP primary, including the former Commerce Department of Maryland Secretary Kelly Schultz. Currently Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is term limited and cannot run for re-election.

A spokesman for one of the three black candidates seeking the Democratic nomination, Wes Moore, responded to Goldman’s comments saying the “idea that there would be skepticism about a candidate’s electability because they are Black should have no place in the Democratic Party in Maryland – a state with both incredible diversity and disparities – or anywhere else in America in 2022.”

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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