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As a Republican for over 50 years, I am glad to have a fresh start at the Governor's office. New business-related priorities and a shakeup in the status quo — including the budget structural deficit, e.g., things painful, unpleasant and politically expedient to ignore in certain portions of our state -- is long overdue.

However, Gov. Larry Hogan's overall good choices of cabinet posts for his administration has set into play a shakeup that I believe was unintended, yet could be a case of the cure being worse than the disease being treated. Certainly Sen. Joe Getty and former Sen. David Brinkley have a lot of experience in Annapolis, and certainly Frederick and Carroll counties are wise places to look for solutions. Their new posts were well earned.

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Balancing the budget, as well as promulgating some structural changes — and I think the majority of the voters statewide felt it was needed — will take some luck, great leadership from the Governor (it seems to be there), but especially and most importantly, deft handling of a greatly outnumbered Republican Senate and House minority to leverage what influence they have.

In Carroll County, both the process and the choice by the Republican Central Committee for Getty's replacement has somehow gotten under a bar already set very low lack for transparency and fairness.

What are these people thinking? Don't they realize the damage being done? Don't they know this is a rare, once in a lifetime opportunity to do something sensible?

If I were the Democratic leadership in Annapolis, I would be chuckling. To me, this is on a par with the NFL Commissioner (with a wink from the owner) only giving Ray Rice a two game suspension. Are Mike Miller, Senate President, and House Speaker Mike Busch, who already have over a two to one edge in party affiliation, to take Republican senators seriously? I suppose they may not have in the end, but at least the Governor would have a bit of leverage with a more sensible Republican delegation.

The Republican Central Committee not only cold cocked all Carroll County voters, but most voters (a lot of Democrats) in the state who voted for Hogan. It's up to Hogan to make amends as best he can. I wish him well, but he must be wondering what kind of friends he has.

Dave Pyatt

Mount Airy

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