What it's like to be 'conservative" in the NAACP

“When National found out that I was bringing the governor [Larry Hogan, a Republican], the lieutenant governor [Boyd Rutherford, a Republican], and Dr. [Alveda] King to Baltimore and the Sandtown NAACP office, they literally called and said, ‘There’s no way in the world they can come into our office,’” Giordano explained. “Then the Mayor [Democrat, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake] — who kind of gave the us the NAACP office in Sandtown — called and said, ‘No, you’re not allowed.’”

“And then, the president [of the Baltimore NAACP branch, Tessa Hill-Aston] called me,” he continued. “And she said, ‘You know they’re having a fit because you’re bringing in too many Republicans.’”

Giordano got involved with the Baltimore NAACP, particularly in the field of criminal justice, after he was in and out of the criminal justice system himself. However, after three years on the branch’s executive board and consistent frustrations with the national organization, Giordano has submitted his letter of resignation to pursue his civil rights activism in the political sphere.