The Tea Party, Republicans and nativist groups are out in full force with a repeal effort next year, and we noted yesterday that GOP Delegate Pat McDonough is claiming repeal would be a slap in the face to Governor Martin O'Malley's 2016 Presidential ambitions:
"Nationally, this has tremendous implications," McDonough said. "It is a slap in the face to Obama's favorite governor in the United States (Gov. Martin O'Malley) and the (would-be) next president of the United States...." (source: Capital Gazette)Delegate Pat McDonough will face off against former Maryland Senator P.J. Hogan on the Dream Act at a November 14th debate:
Maryland DREAM Act Forum | Monday, November 14, 2011 7-9 pmGame on. Remember, Delegate Pat McDonough is the guy with the ridiculous "Speak English" lawnsign:
Poolesville Town HallHost: Rural Women`s Republican Club | Note: The event is open to the public.
19721 Beall Street
Poolesville, MD 20837
A public forum will be held on the Maryland DREAM Act at the Poolesville Town Hall, 19721 Beall Street, on November 14, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The DREAM Act – which would allow illegal immigrants in-state or in-county tuition at Maryland colleges – was signed into law by Governor O’Malley on May 10, 2011. A well-organized petition drive succeeded in getting the Maryland In-State Tuition Referendum placed on the November 2012 ballot, so the DREAM Act has not been enacted and remains in a “pending” status.
The Rural Women’s Republican Club has invited two knowledgeable speakers, representing both sides of this issue, to present their positions and answer questions from the community. Mr. P.J. Hogan, Associate Vice Chancellor for Government Relations at the University System of Maryland and former State Senator from District 39 (Montgomery County) will argue FOR the bill. Mr. Patrick McDonough, State Delegate from District 7 (Baltimore & Hartford Counties) and honorary chair of the Stop the Dream Act Petition will argue AGAINST the bill.
He also appears to be weighing a (laughable) challenge to U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, according to the Baltimore-based Inside Charm City blog: