At the 2012 Primary election, I set out with my camera to conduct on-camera exit interviews. Instead, I found Pat McDonough with a gang of about a dozen people just outside the entrance to the polling room, stopping and surrounding voters attempting to vote in the primary election.
Maryland law, in order to protect access to the voting booth, prohibits anyone from campaigning within one-hundred feet of the entrance to the polling place. While McDonough and his crew were not physically obstructing the door to the polling room, they were blocking access to the patio in which the door was located and the patio entrance was less than forty-five feet from the door.
I witnessed McDonough and about eight other people surround someone trying to vote. It was at the point I realized something was wrong, and turned my camera towards them. Then, most of the people who were part of the group left. Only Pat McDonough and another volunteer, Anita Schatz, remained, eventually calling the police themselves to prevent more evidence from being obtained.
Violation of Maryland Election Law result in a two-year suspension from seeking or holding public office - McDonough would’ve lost his delegate seat and been prevented from running to reclaim it next election. So instead, he lied to the police.
He and Schatz fabricated a story about a vicious assault to have arrested and discredited in the eyes of law enforcement. (It worked, by the way.)
But, he had to tell a different story to the “reporter” from the local Patch who witnessed the whole thing. The report from The Patch claims my arrest was for attempting to video inside the polling location, but the actual charges were completely different. McDonough told one story to the police, who knew the law, and one story to the witnesses, who knew the facts.
McDonough was willing to lie to the police for his own advantage. What makes you think he’ll tell you the truth.