From the office of Del. Pat McDonough:
DELEGATE McDONOUGH WILL HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 12TH, 2011, 1 P.M., 513 EASTERN AVE. IN ESSEX
· MARYLAND “DREAM ACT” LAWSUIT FACES SERIOUS LEGAL QUESTIONS
· HISTORIC MARYLAND VOTER PETITION DESERVES AGGRESSIVE DEFENSE BY ATTORNEY GENERAL
· JUDGE SILKWORTH SHOULD RECUSE HERSELF FROM THE CASE BECAUSE OF PREVIOUS INCORRECT RULING IN SLOTS PETITION CAMPAIGN
· APPEALS COURT MUST RELEASE FORMAL OPINION ON THEIR RULING REGARDING APPROPRIATIONS VERSUS POLICY; “DREAM ACT” CASE SHOULD NOT MOVE FORWARD UNTIL WRITTEN OPINION IS MADE PUBLIC
Delegate Pat McDonough: “The referendum process is a clear constitutional promise between the state and her citizens. Attorney General Gansler needs to apply the full power of his office to expressly protect the rights of the people.”
Today, Del. Pat McDonough (R-Balto County) will formally submit a written request to the Attorney General pledging his support to defend the historic referendum petition which was designed to give Maryland citizens a voice on the Dream Act (SB167) which Governor O’Malley signed into law this year. The petition was signed by over 132,000 registered voters and has been validated by the Board of Elections. Delegate McDonough will also submit a formal request to the Court of Appeals requesting that a vital written opinion be released immediately.
Delegate McDonough’s concerns stem from a recent lawsuit filed by two illegal aliens and Casa de MD attempting to deny citizens their protection under the Maryland constitution and Bill of Rights. In addition, the plaintiffs have engaged Joseph Sandler, a DNC legal powerhouse, to prevent the voters from their right to vote in November 2012 whether or not they want to subsidize the college education of illegal aliens.
“The referendum process is an integral component of the law making power of the people”, said Mr. McDonough. Delegate McDonough added that he “intends to vigorously fight any attempt to disenfranchise the citizens of Maryland.”
Delegate McDonough is also concerned that the basis of the lawsuit uses almost verbatim wording found in the anti-slots referendum suit of 2009, which was later overturned by Maryland’s highest court. “They are making the same claims as was made in 2009, and have been assigned the same judge, Silkworth,” said Mr. McDonough. “It would appear obvious that this judge needs to recuse himself from this case and the people are expecting the Attorney General to move swiftly toward that result”, said Delegate McDonough.
Mr. McDonough points out that although the ruling against Silkworth was filed July, 2010, we are still awaiting a written opinion from the state’s highest court. In addition to Del. McDonough filing his formal request for the written opinion, he is also expecting Gansler to do the same.
CASA claims that the Dream Act cannot be brought to the voters because the act is an appropriations bill and cannot be brought to referendum. According to Del. McDonough, “these claims are little more than an overt attempt by illegal aliens to override the rights of citizens,” adding that he “will protect the people’s petition through all available means.”
Delegate McDonough believes that all 132,000 who signed the “people’s petition” need representation in this lawsuit and is requesting the people of Maryland to contact Gansler at (410) 576-6300 or at oag.oag.state.md.usto demand that they be represented in the lawsuit as well as contacting Chief Justice Bell (410) 333-6396 or email@example.com to request the 2010 written opinion (case No. 154) immediately, as it is vital to the present lawsuit.
This passionate defense by Delegate McDonough will include some high powered legal minds of his own which have reviewed the lawsuit filed by the illegal aliens against Maryland citizens. “As the Honorary Chairman of mdpetititons.com, I will be announcing very soon our defense team which will join the Attorney General to protect the rights of Maryland voters.”
Mr. McDonough believes that radical anti-citizen groups like CASA realize that the Dream Act will be defeated by the voters and they are desperate to keep the issue off the ballot, particularly next year while Obama is running for reelection. Delegate McDonough is also suspicious that the rights of the citizens will be suppressed through political manipulation through the use of the CASA and illegal alien lawsuit.
“The right to referendum is a critical check and balance in our state,” said Delegate McDonough, and “invalidating the people’s right to referendum would only serve to further erode confidence in the government.”