UPDATED (5:19 p.m.)—Del. Michael J. Hough, R-Frederick and Washington Counties, called on Gov. Martin J. O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown to forego the use of box seats at Washington Redskins games.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Hough said the use of the seats by the two Democrats is inconsistent with their public criticism of the team’s name.
“To me it’s gross hypocrisy that they go to Redskins games on the taxpayer dime and spend thousands on food and drinks, but then attack the team name the minute it benefits them politically,” Hough, who is now a candidate for the Maryland Senate, said in the statement.
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— Michael Hough (@houghforsenate) August 6, 2014
Both O’Malley and Brown have said the name is offensive and should be changed.
O’Malley’s most recent comments on the name of the team came in an interview on the Fusion program “America with Jorge Ramos.”
A 2013 report by the Baltimore Sun revealed that Brown spent thousands of dollars in 2012 and 2013 entertaining lobbyists and campaign contributors.
“O’Malley and Brown should hold true to their stated beliefs that the name is offensive and surrender their tickets so that hard-working, taxpaying Redskins fans can have those seats. Regardless of what you think of the team name – taxpayers should not be paying for these seats.”
Nina Smith, a spokeswoman for O’Malley, issued a one-sentence response to Hough’s statement.
“We appreciate the delegate’s suggestion,” Smith said in an email late Wednesday afternoon.
Justin Schall, a spokesman for the Brown campaign, said the lieutenant governor has previously addressed the use of sporting event tickets and that there would be a different policy under a Brown-Ulman administration.
“Under a Brown-Ulman administration, we will make the state’s tickets to sporting and other events available to a wide audience by establishing a more formal process to distribute these tickets to community-based non-profits and state government employees who demonstrate outstanding service,” Brown said in the statement that was also given to the Baltimore Sun last year.