|Name||George Perry Mahoney|
Baltimore, Maryland , United States
|| December 16, 1901
|| March 18, 1989
|Contributor||U Ole Polecat|
Feb 22, 2013 10:47pm
Irish - Catholic -
|Info||Baltimore paving contractor |
a former Dixiecrat. In 1966, eight candidates sought the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, including Attorney General Thomas B. Finan and Rep. Carlton R. Sickles. But it was a perennial office-seeker, George P. Mahoney, a Baltimore paving contractor, who prevailed, edging Sickles by fewer than 2,000 votes.
Mahoney had campaigned on a slogan of "Your Home Is Your Castle: Protect It," which was widely perceived as a racial code designed to capitalize on an anti-civil-rights backlash that grew out of opposition to fair housing legislation.
Mandel, who also was the state Democratic chairman, said that during a night-long meeting at the Maryland Inn, he and other party leaders tried to persuade Mahoney to drop the slogan.
Born in Baltimore, Md., December 16, 1901. Candidate for Governor of Maryland, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966; candidate for U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1952, 1956, 1958, 1968 (American Independent), and 1970. Member, Ancient Order of Hibernians; Elks; Friendly Sons of St. Patrick; Moose. Burial location unknown.
Mr. Mahoney was the State Horse Racing Commissioner under Gov. O'Connor.