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Sun abhors non-Democrats in office

Gov. Larry Hogan said lawmakers and his administration worked together this session.

In the editorial, "Larry Hogan: Closet Democrat?" (April 10), I'm wondering why The Baltimore Sun's editorial board didn't just come out and say that any governor who is not a Democrat is anathema to them. They should also state that they abhor the word "bipartisanship" unless it is used when those across the aisle from the Democrats have a majority. When Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. tried to introduce casinos, Martin O'Malley fought tooth and nail to stop any possibility during Governor Ehrlich's term. It's curious that Mr. O'Malley allowed these same casinos during his term as governor. Did the Sun editorial staff accuse Governor O'Malley of changing to a "closet Republican" when he signed the casino bill?

What the Sun editorial staff requires is that any non-Democrat (yeah, I'm betting the Sun would treat an independent the same) in the governor's seat be construed as the worst of the worst. If they don't act in the most despicable "Republican-like" manner, then they are certainly a wolf in sheep's clothing. Any cooperation or bipartisanship must be because of politics and the simple need to survive another term. It can't be the simple practicality of a once businessman, now politician, who might be more a true middle-of-the-road kind of guy who is simply working with the cards he has.

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Patrick Walsh, Linthicum

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