Fact-checking Pat McDonough: 9/11 hijacker did NOT have a MD license


A story in The Daily Record by Bryan Sears discusses Republican Delegate Pat McDonough’s opposition to the law (that took effect January 1) creating a second tier of driver’s licenses for illegal aliens. One notable excerpt:

McDonough said he believes the state is less safe because of the law but erroneously invoked the name of a 911 terrorist to make his point.

“I don’t think the roads are safer,” McDonough said during an phone interview where he was vacationing in Florida. “The Real ID Act makes it clear we don’t want to give IDs to people who are hear without lawful presence. Maryland is a target-rich environment for terrorists. Mohamed Atta got his drivers license in Maryland he was leader of the [9/11 terrorist] group.”

Actually, Atta’s driver’s license was issued in Florida. Another 9/1 terrorist, Ziad S. Jarrah, was involved in a traffic stop in Maryland just days before the attacks. Jarrah’s license was issued in Virginia, according to CNN.com.

Sloppiness with the facts in this attempt to get into the limelight on this story is not a surprise coming from Delegate McDonough. While I agree with him on most issues, his bloviating and flair for the self promotion (at the cost of common sense, facts, and strategy) would make me put him near the top of the list of overrated Republicans in Maryland.

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton is an award-winning blogger who has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. He has worked as a reporter, in government, and as a communications professional in Columbia, SC and Washington, DC.

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