Pat McDonough expands his campaign by taking his crime message to Baltimore TV
Delegate says he will challenge mayor to debate, wants to buy time on WBFF Fox45
Video: Tourist attacked in front of courthouse (May 27, 2012)
In his weekly Saturday night show on WCBM (680 AM) radio, he picked up where he left off last week, blasting away at Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the Baltimore Sun editorial pages and those who he claims are "in denial" about what he sees as a massive public safety problem in downtown Baltimore.
The state delegate from Baltimore County announced on Saturday night's show that he was going to have another press conference this week at which he would challenge Rawlings-Blake to a TV debate on public safety in Baltimore. In predicting that she would not accept the challenge, he said that he was raising the money to buy 30 minutes of airtime on WBFF (Channel 45), the Baltimore Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate, to talk to area viewers about public safety in downtown Baltimore.
Sunday, he continued his campaign on WMAR-TV's "Square Off," where he appeared with three other guests and host Richard Sher in a show devoted to the single topic of his remarks the last two weeks. The show included a replay of the video that has gone viral of a young man from Virginia being viciously beaten and stripped in front of the Mitchell Courthouse downtown -- a setting whose symbolism is impossible to ignore in any discussion of law enforcement in downtown Baltimore.
"I'm glad some people are ticked off," McDonough said during Sunday's TV show, "because maybe now the mayor will do something about the problem. This is only the first shot, and we're going way beyond it."
On Saturday's radio show, which included an interview with an anonymous restaurant owner in the city of Baltimore who claimed her restaurant was trashed by a gang of youths last week, McDonough sounded even more determined than last week to stay on the case he has been making about the public safety failures in Baltimore.
"...This is a campaign of public awareness," he said at the top of his show. "This is not just some one-time criticism designed to get publicity. Now, the criminal advocates, and who are the criminal advocates? Well, the criminal advocates are the mayor. That's right, she's part of the problem, not part of the solution. And the Baltimore Sun and a lot of other politicians who are so silent that the silence is deafening. Basically, we're going to out all of them and come to the truth" about the real problem.
McDonough defined the "real problem" Saturday night for his WCBM listeners as "crime."
"It is not this distraction in the version of me being a racist or using racist language -- that's not it," he said. "It isn't that the problem doesn't exist. A lot of liberals in the city are saying, 'Oh, you're overblowing this problem -- it doesn't really exist.' It does exist ..."