Maureen Maloney's son, Matthew Denice, was killed by a drunk driver in Milford, Massachusetts, in 2011. His motorcycle was struck by a pick-up truck, after which Denice was caught against the truck's wheel well and dragged for 1/4 mile. He was alive most of that time.
Maloney still grieves the loss of her son, but what she says is even worse is the number of politicians who seek to compound the problem that led to Matthew's death: illegal immigration.
The driver who struck Matthew, Nicolas Guaman, was in the United States illegally.
Maloney assessed each of the remaining Republican candidates (her comments came before Rubio suspended his campaign following loss of his home state in Super Tuesday III):
"Rubio is betraying us, absolutely. I don’t trust him. I have no use for [Rubio], he was part of the Gang of Eight bill.
Even Ted Cruz has a way for people who are here illegally to end up staying here, like a path to legalization that’s not citizenship."
And she had very harsh words for Ohio Governor John Kasich, who outlined plans for amnesty within his first 100 days:
"Let him come visit me and let me take him to my son’s grave. My son was a college graduate. He graduated college just three months before he was killed. He worked going through college, worked part time to help pay for his tuition, he graduated debt-free because he helped pay for his tuition.
And he had just got his first real job and he was killed. He was killed by somebody who had a criminal record and who had drunk a case of beer earlier in the day.
So, let [Kasich] come meet with us family members, and let him come visit the graves of our children and then let me see what he thinks about it. Because I don’t know how anybody with any kind of heart or compassion could make that decision."
The one candidate who has her support? Donald Trump. And it wasn't because he promised to build a wall, although she said that was appealing. Instead, Maloney cited Trump's private actions:
"Donald Trump has gone around the country and has met with groups of family members that have lost somebody to an illegal alien and he never publicized it. He met with us…in a private meeting, and he kept it private. He kept it private.
The only way the media may have heard anything about it is if one of us happened to have mentioned it. He gained so much of my respect for that because other politicians that have spoke with me over the last four years—it’s a photo-op or a press-op, it’s always an opportunity for them to be in the limelight: [a chance for them to say] ‘see what I’m doing.’
And then you don’t hear from them again. And Donald Trump did not do that. And it’s not just those of us who lost a family member—he’s doing it with veterans and other people around the country too.”
She says she's encouraging people to vote for Trump for two reasons: Americans need “a candidate they can be proud to vote for, not just the lesser of two evils,” and she believes a vote for Trump will help ensure that Matthew did not die in vain.