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In a most juvenile and reprehensible way, Gov. Martin O'Malley has done everything within his power to distance himself from Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown recently. Since Mr. Brown's gubernatorial defeat, to associate himself with the lieutenant governor in any way would apparently nullify Mr. O'Malley's aspirations for higher office.

It is simply a matter of time until Mr. O'Malley's tenure as governor of Maryland hits the white-hot national limelight. First, there was the finger-pointing when the news broke about the BGF essentially calling the shots at the Baltimore Detention Center. Then there was a plethora of taxes that have befallen his constituency.

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Let's not forget the time a few years ago when, as the mayor of Baltimore, he challenged radio talk show host Chip Franklin to fisticuffs on the Baltimore radio station parking lot.

For me, the straw that broke the camel's back was his no-show at Mr. Brown's concession speech. Yes, the governor was already locked in on the future. I suppose it would be safe to say Mr. O'Malley will not be invited to any cookouts at the Brown residence in the near future.

To me, the phrase, "What's in it for me?" has always been this man's mantra.

It's simply a matter of time until his antics catch up with him through increasing national exposure. I am not a vengeful person but the question must be asked: What does this soulless man possess, other than delusions of grandeur?

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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