State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D) criticized former State Department official Alec Ross (D) for saying after a March 25 candidate forum in Frederick that Madaleno, who is gay, "prances around Annapolis talking about these issues whereas an entrepreneur and somebody with real executive branch experience like myself has actually done it and knows how to do it."
Madaleno’s campaign, in a statement: "Using the term ‘prancing around’ while talking about Rich Madaleno clearly is a ‘dog whistle’ to the fact that he is the openly gay candidate and state senator running for governor. Alec Ross certainly wouldn’t say Rushern Baker is ‘prancing around’ Prince George’s County, or that Krish Vignarajah was ‘prancing around’ while serving on first lady Obama’s staff.”
Ross, defending his comment: "Why would I try to win a Democratic primary with a gay running mate and gay campaign manager and then attack someone’s sexuality. It doesn’t make sense and it’s not compatible with who I am." (Washington Blade)