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Poll shows Democratic candidates are failing Maryland's progressives

A rally is held at City Hall in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15 across Maryland. (Kennth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun video)

In light of recent polls for the governor's race (“Marylanders like Larry Hogan — and a $15 minimum wage,” Sept. 18), the Democratic Party is revealed its consistency in one area — a failure to support progressive policies and candidates. In Maryland, candidates Ben Jealous for governor, Marc Elrich for county executive in Montgomery County and Calvin Ball for county executive in Howard County see their opponents actively supported by centrist, corporatist Democrats.

Progressives in Maryland will continue to be taken for granted by the Democratic Party as long as the party feels assured progressives will never back or join a third party. The rationale of "you need to be a Democrat to have any say in the primary" has become the progressive movement's kryptonite. As long voters buy into that logic, progressives will continue to fail at self-actualizing.

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Even if Mr. Jealous cuts Gov. Larry Hogan's lead in the polls by half, Mr. Hogan still wins by a huge margin in a heavily Democratic state. By voting for the Green Party candidate, Ian Andrew Schlakman, for governor, progressives can send a clear message: Don't take us for granted! And that's a start.

Michael Cornell, Columbia

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