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Dan Cox slams Wes Moore as polls show Moore ahead

Of the. Dan Cox, the Republican candidate for governor of Maryland, called for his opponent’s book to be removed from Baltimore city school classrooms on Monday due to a long-standing inaccuracy in the dust jacket.

The mistake that Wes Moore is from Baltimore was published on paperback editions of his bestselling book, “The Other Wes Moore,” for years before Moore launched his gubernatorial bid and asked – he said, for the second time – may the mistake be corrected. The publisher took responsibility for the error, which was also published in teaching materials marketed to teachers using the book in the classroom.

The book details Moore’s childhood in Takoma Park, Maryland, and the Bronx, and tells the parallel story of another black man of the same age, also named Wes Moore, who grew up in Baltimore and is currently serving a sentence for his role in the murder of an off-duty Baltimore County police officer. In contrast, candidate Moore became a Rhodes Scholar and a White House Scholar. The book launched its national profile.

“I think Mr. Moore needs to be clear and the book needs to be taken off the schedule,” Cox said.

Moore’s campaign played down concerns about the book in the crowded primary he won and dismissed Cox’s accusation – the day polls showed Moore ahead of the freshman lawmaker by more than 20 points percentage – a “desperate attempt by Dan Cox to distract from today’s news”. poll results. Moore Spokesman Brian Adam Jones went on to say that Cox was “peddling baseless conspiracy theories.”

Cox also said having the books in city schools was like handing out campaign materials at taxpayer expense. Citing an unrelated federal equal time rule for political candidates on radio and broadcast stations, Cox said he would also like his campaign materials to be in schools.

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“It is inappropriate to feature material that is truly fictional campaign material on any program, particularly this fall. I would like at least equal time because my campaign materials are truthful,” Cox said, later adding that it was a matter of integrity and character that Moore let the inaccuracy stay on the cover of the book. for years.

An incarcerated Wes Moore uncle, Daren Muhammad, joined Cox and also took issue with the book and how it portrayed certain family members. Muhammad, who has spoken publicly since the spring of the book, said Monday that he never granted Moore permission to write about his parents, and that it was traumatic to see them portrayed in a national bestseller.

Cox said her objection to the book was part of her pitch to voters that parents need more control over the school curriculum.

When asked if there were any other books he would like to see removed from the program, Cox said parents told him they “have very serious concerns with books such as ‘Gender Queer ‘” and what he describes as age-inappropriate depictions of sexual acts.

The graphic novel is a memoir by Maia Kobabe about growing up asexual and non-binary. It was pulled from schools in Virginia Beach and debated in districts from South Carolina to suburban Chicago.

“We need to get back to world-class education,” Cox said, adding that he thinks teachers should focus on the core subjects because “that’s where the jobs are.”