Gold Star father Khizr Khan to appear at campaign event for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Kamenetz

Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who made national headlines when he criticized then-candidate Donald J. Trump during the 2016 Democratic National Convention, is set to appear at a gubernatorial campaign event next week for Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Khan is the father of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004.

He will participate in a March 27 meet-and-greet with Kamenetz, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor to face the Republican incumbent, Larry Hogan.

At the convention where Hillary Clinton was nominated for president, Khan delivered a speech criticizing Trump, saying, “Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution?”

“Mr. Khan first captured the attention of our nation during the 2016 Democratic National Convention when he gave an impassioned speech rejecting Donald Trump’s hateful agenda,” an e-mail from the Kamenetz campaign said.

Next week’s event will be held at Kamenetz’s campaign office in Pikesville.

The Baltimore County executive is among a field of Democrats vying for the party’s nomination to face Hogan in November’s general election.

Other major Democratic candidates include Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, former NAACP national president Ben Jealous, state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. of Montgomery County, entrepreneur Alec Ross, Baltimore attorney Jim Shea and former White House aide Krish Vignarajah.

The primary election is June 26.

Khan, who is from Pakistan, was the headliner of a rally organized by county officials in Towson this past summer, when Kamenetz presented him with an executive citation for speaking out on immigrants’ rights.

“Mr. Khan is a patriot and fierce advocate for social justice,” campaign spokesman Sean Naron said in a statement. “We're thrilled to have him come back to Baltimore County to support Kevin Kamenetz’s tireless commitment to standing up for our communities.”

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