WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A few days ago, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said it’s “probably time” for the Washington Redskins to change their name.
In response to the democratic governor’s definitive stand, a Md. state delegate, Michael Hough (Rep. – Frederick, Washington), has called upon the governor and his lieutenant, Anthony Brown, to hand over their taxpayer-funded Redskins box seats, on the grounds of hypocrisy.
“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 asserted in a press release, which sites a Baltimore Sun report that O’Malley and Brown have spent thousands in taxpayer dollars on food and drinks at Redskins games over the last couple of years.
“If O’Malley and Brown find the Redskins name so offensive they should give up their taxpayer provided box seats,” Hough stated.
“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,” he went on to state. “Regardless of what you think of the team name – taxpayers should not be paying for these seats.”
On the Virginia side of the Beltway (the side with Redskins training camp and headquarters), Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a democrat, recently stated “I am not in the business of telling private businesses what to do.”
“I want businesses here,” McAuliffe added. “We need to grow and diversify the economy. Voters elected me to get jobs and this team here is helping me get jobs.”
Following a landmark ruling from the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal board in June, which cancelled the six federal trademarks held by the Redskins (pending appeal), Virginia lawmakers came together to form the “Redskins Pride Caucus” in defense of the name.
At the time, Va. democratic State Sen. Chap Petersen asserted his decision to take a stand on behalf of the team was the result of an overpowering feeling of, “Enough’s enough. This has gone crazy.”
Nationally, President Barack Obama said “if I were the owner of the team … I’d think about changing it.” Hillary Clinton has called the term ‘Redskins’ “insensitive,” saying, “there’s no reason for it to continue as the name of a team in our nation’s capital.”