Green Party Candidate Crashes Debate in Maryland Senate Race

BALTIMORE (AP) — Green Party candidate Margaret Flowers wasn’t invited to a U.S. Senate debate in Maryland, but she took center stage there anyway.

When she tried to participate Wednesday, security at the University of Baltimore grabbed her arm and escorted her away from where Rep. Chris Van Hollen and Del. Kathy Szeliga stood waiting to begin.

Audience members initially asked for Flowers to be included. Then Flowers suddenly walked up and stood between the two candidates at their lecterns. She said she wanted to point out the differences between them and herself.

Szeliga and Van Hollen said they would agree for her to participate, but debate organizers said only candidates polling at 15 percent or higher were allowed.

Flowers was led away, shouting, “And this is how you’re treating a candidate.”

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