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Don't berate O'Malley for his presidential ambitions

I was very disappointed by Susan Reimer's recent column in which she insisted that although she "likes" Gov. Martin O'Malley, she wouldn't vote for him because "a decent guy wouldn't put his family through what it takes to be president" ("Memo to Martin O'Malley: Please don't run for president," Aug. 19).

Although Ms. Reimer's message that presidential races have become over-the-top and drawn-out is hardly an exaggeration, Governor O'Malley is not responsible for the "odious" state of electoral politics to which she refers.

While certainly provocative, Ms. Reimer's implication that someone's ambition for office makes him inherently undeserving of her vote ultimately seems to be theatrical and, in my opinion, brings her down to the same level as the "mainstream media" she denounces.

There are plenty of ways for people to do good in this world. Unless Ms. Reimer can justify why — without cynicism or drama — a qualified candidate for president should ignore his propensity for responsible governing and his long history of accomplishments in public office, I suggest she leave Mr. O'Malley's decision to run (whether in 2016 or 2020) up to him and his family and to vote for whoever she feels is most qualified when the primaries come around.

Zach Singer, Baltimore

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