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Leaders and lawmakers react to Md. delegate’s use of racial slur

WASHINGTON — The news that a Harford County delegate used a racial slur in describing a legislative district in Prince George’s County has shaken people who know Del. Mary Ann Lisanti, including the Chair of the Harford County NAACP Zilpha P. Smith.

Smith said she’s known Lisanti, who is white, for years.

“I have known Mary Ann even before she ran,” Smith said. “I knew her mother. And I think her mother would be absolutely appalled by her actions.”

The news that Lisanti used a racial slur in referring to part of Prince George’s County left Smith with a range of emotions. Smith said she was “disappointed, appalled; and I guess truly, truly angry.”

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