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What is O'Malley doing in New Jersey?

Funny, I don't recall Gov. Martin O'Malley taking the "Hypocritical Oath." Yet our absentee governor has taken another road trip, this time to New Jersey, not so much to support the Democratic gubernatorial nominee there, state Sen. Barbara Bouno, but rather to attempt yet again to enhance his national image ("O'Malley wins support as he campaigns for others in New Jersey," Oct. 19).

Here's the rub: Mr. O'Malley should be in his home state dealing with red-hot issues that determine the fate of Maryland. Instead, he's on the road posing as a Democratic presidential wanna-be. This is shameful and what I perceive as being hypocritical to the state of Maryland.

I am a lifelong Democrat, but I have crossed party lines at times when I think the other party offers a candidate with hope and pragmatism who has the welfare of constituents as the No. 1 priority. (Yes, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey does fit those criteria).

With all due respect to Mr. O'Malley, I suggest he refer back to the oath he swore to serve and protect the people of this state. It just might be a very enlightening review.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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