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Brown endorsement inexcusable

I would love to believe that The Baltimore Sun "struggled" in arriving at its tepid endorsement of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor, but history would indicate otherwise ("Brown for governor," Oct. 25). No matter how weak the candidate or how disastrous the record (the glossing over of Mr. Brown's role in the health exchange debacle is laughable), The Sun's editorial board can be counted on to justify the inexcusable and prop up anyone the Democrats care to trot out.

The truth is that Mr. Brown has presided over not only a fiscal disaster but quite possibly the most dishonest campaign in state history, and that's really saying something in Maryland. His steadfast avoidance of any unscripted media opportunity suggests that he would have trouble ad-libbing the word "ouch" if he struck his thumb with a hammer while Larry Hogan has remained after every debate to answer every question. And one has to think that a Republican candidate would be called to task for having Virginia tags on his campaign vehicle, for heaven's sake, but this too goes unmentioned when it belongs to a Democrat.

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"We give Mr. Brown our endorsement, but we intend to hold him accountable ..." If accountability played any role at all in the process, there would be no endorsement for Mr. Brown.

To paraphrase another endorsement, I find the Sun has little to recommend it beyond the color of its ink.

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Jim Rafferty, Columbia

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