Maryland Delegate Censured After Reportedly Using Racial Slur


A white Maryland lawmaker was censured in a unanimous vote on Thursday after she reportedly used a racial slur in reference to a majority-black county.

Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti, a Democrat from Harford County referred to Prince George’s County as an “N-word County” during a meeting with fellow legislators at a cigar lounge in the State Capitol following a dinner, according to reports in The Washington Post. Lisanti, in her second term has apologized, but refuses to resign.

In a 137-0 vote, every member of the Maryland House of Delegates, Democrats and Republicans censured her, expressing severe disapproval. House Speaker Michael Busch, a Democrat removed Lisanti from a legislative committee.

Censuring means she will no longer be allowed to serve on House committees, but may still participate in floor votes.