In a letter to the editor of the Laurel Leader, John O' Hara, who testified before the General Assembly on four tobacco-related bills, writes that he saw Republicans having a "blind allegiance" toward protecting the tobacco industry.

If registered Republicans in the state of Maryland wonder why there are so few Republicans in the Maryland General Assembly, they should observe the performance of the current Republican members.

Last week I testified before the General Assembly on four different tobacco-related bills. It was interesting to see the blind allegiance the Republicans seem to have towards protecting the tobacco industry. Even such a common sense bill as the one prohibiting smoking in cars when children under the age of 8 years are present met with Republican hostility.

I am a lifetime Republican with libertarian leanings who would love to see a true two-party system here in Maryland. However, I could never vote for the re-election of the Republicans I saw in action. In fact I will oppose them and urge my friends and work colleagues to do the same.


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Incidentally, I opposed the reelection of former Governor Ehrlich for the same reason.

John O' Hara

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