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Resignation Calls for MD Lawmaker After Racial Slur

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The leaders of the Maryland Democratic Party and the state's Republican Party are supporting calls for the resignation of a state lawmaker after she used a racial slur for African-Americans at an after-hours gathering.

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, who chairs the state's Democratic Party, and Republican Party Chairman Dirk Haire, both called on Del. Mary Ann Lisanti to resign Wednesday.

Lisanti, a Democrat, apologized Tuesday for making the comment last month in reference to Prince George's County, which is majority black.

Cummings says African-Americans comprise about a third of voters in Lisanti's district, and they deserve to be represented by a person who is considerate of their views.

Haire says Lisanti's comment "is beneath the office of Delegate."

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.