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Anthony Brown doesn't deserve a promotion

The most important character traits in the election for governor are integrity, honesty, trust and leadership. Anthony Brown has failed as a leader of the Maryland health exchange. Yet, he promotes his 30-year military service as a leader and therefore (by implication) a leader for Maryland. But just being a veteran does not mean someone has the character to be a leader.

When Gov. Martin O'Malley entrusted Mr. Brown to be in charge of Maryland's health exchange it became one of the worst performing rollouts in the country and cost Maryland taxpayers more than $200 million — money that could have been used to reduce the 40 tax increases amounting to $400 a month in extra expenses for struggling families like mine.

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During the campaign Mr. Brown avoided these facts. He said he wasn't in charge of the exchange's day-to-day operation and offered no apologies.

Mr. O'Malley and Mr. Brown have denied public access to information about Mr. Brown's role in the failed launch without explanation after numerous requests from The Sun and other news organizations. A federal investigation is being conducted, but we won't know the results until after the election, and then it will be too late if Mr. Brown wins another term in office.

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I call that a failure of duty, responsibility and lack of leadership. Mr. Brown has failed the people of Maryland and does not deserve to be promoted to chief executive of our state.

Roger A. Campos, Baltimore

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