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Many things were learned last week when the fine state of Maryland collectively declared that the joy ride in Annapolis will soon be over for our governor Martin O'Malley and his sidekick, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown ("It's Hogan," Nov. 5).

Mr. Brown learned a major lesson about the word "assume." We all know the phrase associated with it. Mr. Brown's major gaffe was that all he thought he had to do was to run in order to win. He took a haughty, evasive attitude when approached by news reporter Jane Miller. That rejection of Ms. Miller was tantamount to death for Mr. Brown. One of the first common sense laws in our state is that you never, never blow off Ms. Miller, the most powerful news broadcast person in the state.

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When he gleaned from his minions that Larry Hogan was gaining in the polls, Mr. Brown panicked and showed his ugly side by steering his campaign in a very negative manner. And, yes, there were some lies among the prattle of his vanilla campaign rhetoric.

I refer to our current governor as "Martian" O'Malley because he had become an alien in the state he vowed under oath to protect and serve. He pirouetted off to various states to test the presidential waters for 2016. In a pathetic show of hypocrisy, he was nowhere to be seen at Mr. Brown's election day party. Perhaps he knew the party was going to be canceled.

After the new year, it looks as if both Messrs. Brown and O'Malley could possibly be seen around town attending job fairs. Justice never tasted so sweet.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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