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Van Hollen wasn't 'born to the job.' He's earned it.

Maryland state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. endorsed Rep. Chris Van Hollen for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski, saying Mr. Van Hollen was "born to the job" Mr. Van Hollen's opponent in the race, Rep. Donna Edwards, blasted that statement as one of entitlement.

"I don't listen to that type of talk and to that kind of entitlement," Ms. Edwards wrote in a fundraising email, as reported by the Washington Post.

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I believe Ms. Edwards has intentionally misread Mr. Miller's statement to draw support from voters who might identify with a minority candidate fighting establishment bias.

Obviously Mr. Miller was referring to the trajectory of Mr. Van Hollen's life and how it has prepared him for the Senate, not his race and gender. Ironically, it is Ms. Edwards who seeks votes because of her gender.

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She noted that there has been only one African-American woman elected to the Senate and frequently mentions she would be the first black female senator from Maryland.

I suggest voters objectively compare Mr. Van Hollen's and Ms. Edward's qualifications by reviewing their Wikipedia pages side-by-side and drawing their own conclusions regarding the best candidate for U.S. Senate, while putting aside personal biases of race and gender.

Will Geckle, Sykesville

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