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Campaign canvass turns violent in West Baltimore

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Posted at 10:31 AM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 17:32:23-04

A spokesman for Catherine Pugh's Baltimore mayoral campaign says some people who wanted to work for the campaign on Maryland's primary day became upset and damaged cars outside a campaign office after being told there were no jobs available.

Anthony McCarthy tells The Associated Press that after Pugh was informed of the situation, she decided everyone who showed up to work would be allowed to, and all would be paid.

The campaign had been recruiting people to hand out literature at polling places, promising they would be paid $100. McCarthy says people were supposed to fill out an application and be trained before the primary, but many just showed up Tuesday morning without having done that.

After spending hours in line, the broken promise led to smashed windows, slashed tires. Baltimore police say one 53-year-old man was arrested for destruction of property. According to police, he used a rock or brick to break out a window in a security vehicle.

Mayoral candidate Catherine Pugh said miscommunication led up the incident.

"We had an abundance of people show up this morning - people who didn't even go through training and so it was a little crazy. We got everything under order, but more importantly, people need work in this city and they're looking for it under every little rock and cranny where they can find it," Pugh said.  

Pugh said her campaign has hired more than 500 people to greet voters at the almost 300 precincts. She said the disgruntled applicants will be compensated to some degree. 

 

 

---- The Associated Press contributed to this report.