For Anthony Brown, the Hobby-Lobby decision seemed like manna from Heaven ("Corporations trump people," June 30). Unable to run on Maryland's economy, jobs growth, tax rates, the health exchange rollout, his competence as an executive or the other issues central to this election, Mr. Brown and his special interest defenders are instead trying to frighten women for his own political gain. In his calculation, this is easier than, say, addressing the tens of thousands of women who have lost their jobs during his administration and, along with it, their employer-sponsored health insurance and the family planning and women's health services it covered.

It's time to clear the air and cut through the political rhetoric. The Hobby Lobby decision does nothing to change my belief that all women in Maryland should have access to the birth control of their choice; this is my position as a lifelong Marylander, a business owner, a candidate, a husband and a father of three grown women, and it will be the policy of my administration should I be honored to become the next governor.

Improving the lives of women and increasing access to health services requires that we turn our economy around and put women back to work; it requires that we fix our broken budget and restore the millions Gov. Martin O'Malley and Mr. Brown cut from breast and cervical cancer research and screening and rehire the hundreds of professionals who were providing these services. And while my opponent cashes check after check from trial lawyers, the number of OB-GYNs in our state continues to drop, in fact three counties in Maryland lack a single OB-GYN practitioner, and 11 counties now have fewer than two.

Over the next few months, my hope is that the focus of this pivotal election will be on the serious economic issues that impact every citizen of our state and not just the narrow divisive ones over which the next governor will have little control.

I, for one, am fed up with status quo politics as usual in this state that puts a higher value on manufactured political battles than on getting to work solving the serious issues that face our state. This past week reflects this better than any other. That's why I decided to run for governor, to give the people a real clear choice: More of the same tired political posturing from Anthony Brown or a change in leadership that focuses on putting Maryland back to work.

Larry Hogan, Edgewater

The writer is the Republican candidate for governor.

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