As a post mortem to Maryland's primary election, I cannot help but to express my dismay at Rep. Donna Edwards ("As Barbara Mikulski makes way, Democratic women suffer election losses," April 26). As I watched her concession speech, I was fully expecting to hear her heartfelt congratulations to Rep. Chris Van Hollen and, hopefully, an apology for misrepresenting his record during the campaign.

What I heard was more like an Academy Award speech in which the stars feel obligated to grind axes. She had the nerve to imply Maryland was biased against her because she was African American when nothing could have been further from the truth. Remember Maryland gave the country the first Democratic woman in the U.S. Senate elected on her own merits.

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Looking at the election, Ms. Edwards appeared to have it locked up when for whatever reason she started a ridiculous attack against Mr. Van Hollen as a shill for the NRA. Ronald Reagan once warned the first commandment was, "thou shalt not speak evil of a fellow Republican." The same applies to the Democrats.

If on the day Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced her retirement, Rep. Elijah Cummings would have said he wanted the job, Maryland would today be celebrating its first African American U.S. senator. He is a well-known, well-respected man. His name is far more recognizable than that of Ms. Edwards who only lost because of her own missteps. In my opinion, what Ms. Edwards did in her concession speech was doom whatever may have been left of her political career.

Steven Davidson, New Windsor

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