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Green Party Senatorial Candidate in Maryland Disrupts Debate After Being Excluded

HeadlineOct 27, 2016

And in Maryland, a debate between the Democratic and Republican Senate candidates was disrupted Wednesday when the Green Party’s candidate, Dr. Margaret Flowers, jumped on stage to insist she be allowed to take part. After briefly speaking on the stage, Flowers was removed by security.

Dr. Margaret Flowers: “I think it’s important for voters to understand the differences between myself and Congressman Van Hollen and Delegate Szeliga; otherwise, they don’t really know. I mean, you say you’re a public university, and you want to educate the public, but without having a full public discussion, that doesn’t actually happen. So, how does this serve democracy or serve the public if I’m excluded from this discussion when I’m on the ballot?”

Police officer: “Ms. Flowers, you’re going to have to leave now.”

Dr. Margaret Flowers: “It’s Dr. Flowers. I’m a candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland. And this is how you’re treating a candidate?”

After Margaret Flowers was removed from the stage, the debate went on between Democratic nominee Chris Van Hollen and Republican Kathy Szeliga.

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