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Larry Hogan's chances of being our next governor are very real. What am I basing my opinion on? Several observations I have made over the years, the first being that the office of lieutenant governor is a nothing job and a waste of taxpayer money.

Any legitimate candidate running for governor would never pick a running mate who might overshadow them. There are very few duties of any value a lieutenant governor performs, and the cost of having a full-time replacement waiting in the unlikely event a sitting governor is unable to continue in office has to be more than the cost of a special election once every few decades.

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Evidence of this can be seen in former lieutenant governors Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Michael S. Steele, both of whom were pretenders to the throne, and both of whom were rejected by voters in their quests for higher office.

Fast forward to the current election, and once again we have the same problem of a not-ready-for-prime-time candidate who appears likely to lose.

Let's take it a step further. I am one of those so-called "swing" voters who does not blindly go to the polls and vote for the Democratic candidate party insiders have deemed the one. I actually listen to what they have to say. And let me tell you, the tons of negative ads run by the Brown campaign tell me nothing about what Mr. Brown would actually do as governor.

Moreover, I see a lot of the things that Mr. Brown says Mr. Hogan would do as good things. As a 65-year-old swing voter, I intend to vote for Mr. Hogan just as I did for former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. when he ran against a not-ready-for-prime-time lieutenant governor.

Steven Davidson, New Windsor

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