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GOP needs candidates with conviction [Letter]

Columnist Thomas F. Schaller writes that the Maryland GOP needs another candidate like the former Republican governor ("The GOP needs another Ehrlich," Sept. 2). Really? As I remember Mr. Schaller was not only not a friend of Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. when he was governor but a political foe if not an outright arch enemy.

It seems to me that the downfall of Mr. Ehrlich's last re-election campaign was in listening to too many people like Mr. Schaller and his ilk. Republicans seemed predisposed to this, and I felt Mr. Ehrlich was told to ditch the very people who believed in him and were willing to support him.

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I see Mr. Schaller as not wanting to help the Republican Party so much as setting about its demise. His columns make it obvious that he is no friend to Republicans. The mistake Republicans make is to seek approval from the press (despite the fact it never comes) and then hold the American people in contempt for not voting for them.

Running for election requires only that you state the case for why people should vote for you and then have the faith to do what you said you would do. While a Schaller may prefer a Republican candidate who is satisfied with losing, Maryland's voters prefer those who act in their best interest and not see office as a means to a political aim or to advance pet projects that will end up destroying Maryland's economy, cost us jobs and make people feel like fools for not getting out of this state while they still could!

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Michael W. Kohlman, Baltimore

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