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Stamford Mayor David Martin calls city rep prejudiced

March 7, 2019

STAMFORD — Mayor David Martin Thursday released a statement calling city Rep. Marion McGarry, D-12, prejudiced for racist Facebook posts, but came short of calling for her resignation as the chair of the Democratic City Committee did earlier in the day.

“Stamford is the most diverse and successful city in all of Connecticut. Our community exists in defiance of the prejudicial beliefs that erroneously claim communities like ours cannot flourish,” said Martin, a Democrat. “Stamford is not merely a great city that happens to be diverse, it is in fact a great city because it is diverse. It is the knowledge that any person — regardless of their identity, culture or religious beliefs — can live peacefully in our city that helps make Stamford succeed.

“I am certain that, like me, many leaders of our city are deeply disturbed by the messages of prejudice Representative Marion McGarry is spreading. I do not believe her prejudice has a place in our City and we cannot allow these beliefs to become representative of our community. I hope the Board of Representatives are unified in their action against this hateful rhetoric. We must reaffirm to all our residents that Stamford is a place they can all call home.”