I want to personally thank Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Douglas Gansler. They have paved the way for someone such as myself, a registered Maryland Democrat, to give serious reflection to the non-Democratic gubernatorial candidates and their ideas ("Brown, Gansler spar while Mizeur decries 'bickering,'" May 7).

I, like many of my fellow Marylanders, have grown so weary of political candidates who cannot remain focused on real issues. In a recent televised debate, they both shed the gloves early. Are they both afflicted with ADD? There was Mr. Gansler's "don't ask, don't tell" beach escapade. And Mr. Brown's competency has been questioned regarding his mismanagement of Maryland's initial proposed health care program.

With so many consuming life-changing issues closing in on Marylanders, they both choose the low road with personally-tinged remarks? That is simply unacceptable behavior.

Marylanders have to step up and voice their disdain for such boorish behavior. It is once again a pathetic display of politics gone awry in our state.

Kudos to Del. Heather Mizeur. At the debate, she had the grace to absolve herself from the cat fighting and hair-pulling of the other two Democratic candidates for governor.

Marylanders like myself are sick and tired of the personal slings offered by the lieutenant governor and attorney general. Thanks to the both of them, I have becoming more enlightened about other gubernatorial alternatives. There simply has to be a better way to move our fine state forward.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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