Good riddance to O'Malley

Who was the week's biggest loser in Maryland? That would be Gov. Martin O'Malley.

As I watched election returns last Tuesday night, I was astonished when I heard MSNBC discussing the Maryland governor's race and Larry Hogan ahead in the voting. Turning to the local channels, I listened to the concession speech of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. He handled himself very professionally. During this time frame, two thoughts came to mind. First, this was not so much a win for Mr. Hogan as a win for Maryland residents. They spoke and said "no" to Gov. Martin O'Malley's tax and spend philosophy.

Second, waiting for Mr. Brown to approach the stage were several powerful and popular Maryland politicians who I believe were there to offer their support and encouragement after the loss. Who was not visible was Mr. Brown's mentor and boss, Mr. O'Malley. Whether Mr. O'Malley met with Mr. Brown behind the scenes, I don't know, but this struck me as typical of the current governor who will naturally blame others for the loss even though his policies were what angered the citizens of Maryland.

As Mr. O'Malley moves forward with a plan to run for president of the United States, he will be saddled with the knowledge that his proposed successor failed, and he will have to shoulder much of the blame ("What they're saying about Martin O'Malley," Nov. 6). The Republican National Committee will have a field day discussing the "rain tax," the economic policies that have hindered many Maryland businesses from succeeding and the fact that Mr. O'Malley is only concerned with making himself look good. In the end, Mr. O'Malley will be seen riding off into the sunset never to be heard from again. I say, "good riddance."

David Bryan, Baltimore

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