Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan took issue Thursday with comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that did not condemn last weekend's toppling of the Christopher Columbus statue in her native Little Italy neighborhood in Baltimore.
"Well, I don't even have my grandmother's earrings," Pelosi said when a reporter asked her for thoughts on the removal of the statue during her weekly press conference.
Pelosi, who has a block of Ablemarle Street named after her, said she was less interested in statues than she was in accomplishments and related opposition to the Christopher Columbus statue to her own call to remove statues of Confederate figures from the National Statuary Hall Collection.
"I think it's up to the communities to decide what statues they want to see," Pelosi said. "But I think that it's very important that we take down any of the statues of people who committed treason against the United States of America as those statues exist in the Congress, the hall of Congress."
However, the Columbus statue was not removed after a hearing but after protesters pulled it down and threw its pieces into the Inner Harbor. It wasn't clear if Pelosi knew when she was asked the circumstances of the statue's removal. Read more at WBAL