Gov. Ehrlich of Maryland recently held a fund-raiser at an all-white country club. The club, the Elkridge Club, has no minority members. Rather than submit their membership list to the state in the 70s, they gave up gave up a property tax break specifically in place for country clubs.
On to the debate: should Gov. Ehrlich have held a fund-raiser at a racially exclusive country club?
The state’s Lt. Gov., Michael Steele, doesn’t know if it was appropriate. He also claims to know nothing of the club because he doesn’t play golf.
Ehrlich, a Republican, says Democrats have held fund-raisers at the Elkridge Club in the past:
I’ll start the debate rolling. If Gov. Ehrlich wants to hold a fund-raiser at a KKK rally, more power to him. If he felt holding his fund-raiser at the Elkridge club was appropriate, then that is where he should have held it. For him to claim he knew nothing of the club’s membership make-up sounds like complete bullshit to me. I’m sure at least one member of staff informed him of the club’s history, assuming he didn’t already know. He is a politician. An event as important as a fund-raiser is carefully orchestrated. Also, his attempt to turn this into a partisan issue is ludicrous. Honestly, Ehrlich, just take it like a man. You knew exactly what you were doing, where you were doing it and chose to proceed. Fine, I have no problem with that. I do have a problem with your attempt to deflect the issue and claim ignorance, though.
I believe private clubs should be able to discriminate against whomever they please. I also believe a politician should be able to raise funds at any location he or she chooses and face the music with the voters during the next election. I don’t think many people will disagree with the previous two sentences, though.