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Maryland's Primary: Why bother

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Maryland is a profoundly blue state. Its election cycle for governor is a mere formality. After eight years of Martin O’Malley’s oppressive left-wing agenda Marylanders deserve a respite from heavy taxes, over regulation and budgetary mismanagement. Yet those seeking the governorship from the Democrat slate not only want to keep O’Malley’s programs in place they want to intensify them. Taxpayers, under the Democrat’s platform, are secondary to the entitlement class that keeps them in power. Leading the pact of Democrats during this primary cycle is Anthony Brown, the present Lieutenant Governor. He has a 2 to 1 lead in the latest polls over his closest rival, Douglas Gansler. As Attorney General Gansler has amassed a significant level of baggage that is pulling him down in the polls. A comparison of his bio to his actual performance in office offers quite a disparity in content. Unions and the political fossils still in power have ordained Brown as their choice to take O’Malley’s place. Four other candidates running against Brown should not have wasted their efforts or money. Disturbing as the fact is they never had a chance.

Five candidates are vying for the Governor’s seat in the Republican Primary. Harford County’s Executive David Craig and Larry Hogan, a business owner, are the best known in this group. Craig’s tax proposals deserve a closer inspection. Does he really believe in lower taxes and lean budget management? From his tenure in office many questions arise concerning his fiscal priorities. Larry Hogan has moved up quickly in recognition around the state. His business experience allows him to understand the stresses present Maryland government has inflicted on those in the private sector. Three others in the Republican field are relatively unknown. They have a minute chance to succeed at this late date.

With all the attention being paid to Anthony Brown both sides of the aisle are struggling to have their words heard. Moribund as this primary season has been most of the candidates, in either party, have yet to energize those who would place them in office. Since O’Malley has taxed Maryland into a coma no one coming after him can do much worse, or could they? To move away from Maryland’s tax and spend mentality now is the time to consider your vote very carefully. Democrats are crying for more entitlements, higher taxes and tighter control of those who they reign over. Republicans antithetically want the opposite in every sense imaginable. Whichever side you lean towards please vote. It is your right before someone votes it out of existence.

Mark Davis MD, President of Healthnets Review Services.
Dr. Davis is author of Demons of Democracy and Obamacare: Dead on Arrival, A Prescription for Disaster.



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