Hats off to Heather Mizeur, one of the few Maryland Democratic politician with the guts to make an endorsement in the Senate race ("Calling out a cop-out in the Maryland Senate primary," April 12).

Her support of Rep. Chris Van Hollen, explained in a persuasive opinion piece in The Sun, was based on the superior constituent service rendered by the Van Hollen office, which in the minds of lots of voters should be an important measuring stick in determining which candidate to support.

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In Ms. Mizeur's experience the difference between Mr. Van Hollen and Rep. Donna Edwards in the area of constituent service wasn't even close.

As a member of the House of Delegates, Ms. Mizeur had ample opportunity to deal with both Mr. Van Hollen and Ms. Edwards on behalf of her constituents, and while the Van Hollen office bent over backward to assist her, "no matter how often you called or emailed or pleaded in person to get attention to your problem, it would often be ignored" by Ms. Edwards' office.

We should be disappointed at the lack of intestinal fortitude on the part of other leading Democrats — Sens. Barbara-Mikulski and Ben Cardin, and Rep. Steny Hoyer — to make a call in this race. But given the history, we shouldn't be surprised.

Thomas F. McDonough, Towson

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