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Peroutka victory is shameful

I, along with many loyal Democrats, voted for Republican Larry Hogan. His victory could have been caused by a poor campaign by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, fear of a third term by Gov. Martin O'Malley or the economic message that Mr. Hogan brought forth. No matter what the reason, many Democrats switched party allegiance and voted against Mr. Brown. It proves an openness to all candidates if the message is correct and, in the case of Mr. Hogan, his abandonment of divisive social issues to concentrate on the economy was a winning strategy.

On the other hand, how can any respectful, intelligent or informed voter of either party vote for Michael Peroutka ("Council's District 5 race between Peroutka, Armstrong draws attention," Nov. 2)? Severna Park prides itself on its intelligence, but in this case, we deserve to be placed in public ridicule. To elect a secessionist and a religious lunatic shows that party loyalty for Republicans trumps intelligence. How can we expect our children to respect education if the majority of parents in this district obviously have a total disregard for the Constitution, science and just plain common sense? We are now stuck with a councilman who will only bring embarrassment to county, and it is truly the fault of Republicans who obviously voted blindly for party instead of for the qualified candidate.

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Alan McAllister, Severna Park

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