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  •  as a Marylander you have caused me a long shudder (2+ / 0-)
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    JayRaye, polecat

    of fear and loathing.
    Our state's only defense is that he was running for governor against a Democrat who was an open and avowed segregationist. We didn't know much about Agnew, but we knew more than we wanted about his opponent:

    Agnew ran for the position of Governor of Maryland in 1966. In this overwhelmingly Democratic state, he was elected after the Democratic nominee, George P. Mahoney, a Baltimore paving contractor and perennial candidate running on an anti-integration platform, narrowly won the Democratic gubernatorial primary out of a crowded slate of eight candidates, trumping early favorite Carlton R. Sickles. Coming on the heels of the recently passed federal Fair Housing Act of 1965, Mahoney's campaign embraced the slogan "your home is your castle, protect it." Many Democrats opposed to segregation then crossed party lines to give Agnew the governorship by 82,000 votes.
    I was too young to vote (voting age was 21 then), but I'm sure my parents, being big supporters of Civil Rights, voted for Agnew. Pretty ironic given Agnew's later connection to Nixon who was my father's main object of fury and hatred.

    We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

    by Tamar on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:22:40 PM PST

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