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Now It's Your Turn: If not Bob, who?

John Wagner

As we wait to hear whether former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) will run again in 2010, let's assume for the moment he doesn't. Who's the best Republican to take on Gov. Martin O'Malley (D)? Larry Hogan? Pat McDonough? Someone we haven't thought of?

Share your thoughts by posting a comment below.

On Friday, we asked you if you would convict Mayor Sheila Dixon based on the evidence you've seen. We heard a range of responses from fans on our Facebook page.

Paul Gardner asked: "Who gets a stack of 15 dollar gift cards from a boyfriend... She stole from the needy and should be convicted for it. She can't be trusted to look after the City budget and the welfare of 650,000 people if she can't even be responsible for Best Buy gift cards."

But Kinji ScottI said he "fully supports" Dixon. "I would not convict her."

Diana Kemp, meanwhile, predicted a hung jury.

What do you think? It's not too late to post your comments below.

By John Wagner  |  November 23, 2009; 11:42 AM ET
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Larry Hogan would make an excellent Governor in the state of Maryland. He is a fiscally conservative small business owner who knows how to manage a budget and make executive decisions. He has worked within State Government and he understands all of the processes. My choice, as it stands right now, would be to vote for Larry Hogan!

Posted by: kms2112 | November 23, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Larry Hogan! If it isn't Bob, then Larry is the best answer. But just about anyone would be better than Mo'Money O'Malley.

Posted by: magicskip1 | November 23, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Larry Hogan, in Ehrlich's own words, is the most qualified and best option to beat O'Malley if Ehrlich decides not to run.

As kms2112 stated above, Mr. Hogan is a small business owner, and knows first-hand how government affects business in Maryland - especially when you have the most anti-business Governor Maryland has ever had the misfortune of enduring.

Posted by: bohuslav | November 23, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Larry Hogan, for sure. Smart businessman, former Ehrlich Cabinet Secretary and almost took Stenny down when he lived in CD5. Clear choice.

Posted by: Nat5550 | November 23, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Larry Hogan would be a great Governor. He is a smart businessman, ex-Secretary for the Ehrlich Administration and would get Maryland to a State where everyone would be proud to call home.

Posted by: dellroby | November 23, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

You have to question Hogan's confidence in even himself as a leader if he has stated publicly that he would immediately withdrawal from the race if Ehrlich got in. Who want's a self proclaimed #2? What kind of leadership does that show?
Hope Pat McDonough gets into the race with his speak english campaign. That will serve the GOP well to expand their reach in the hispanic community and really become the big tent party...

Posted by: Adam27 | November 23, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Hogan is a bright guy that knows how to manage organizations, and understands politics. More importantly, he is a hard-working man of integrity. Ehrlich doesn't need to opt out of the race for Hogan to be the best choice to run against O'Malley.

Posted by: tfb1 | November 23, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Larry Hogan, hands down. He brings the solid experience, alongside the fresh air, that Marylanders need.

Posted by: JH14 | November 23, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I think that sen. Allan H. Kittleman, would be a fine choice for gov. He is a proven moderate Republican who could resonate with residents from the 5 counties needed to win the governorship, Anne Arundel,Baltimore County, MoCo, and parts of PG County, Baltimore City, along with those from Howard County and the northern parts of the state

Posted by: sgoddard88 | November 23, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

A governor should have some experience at governing. I suggest John Leopold or some other competent county-level Republican.

Posted by: member8 | November 24, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

I agree with most posts... Larry Hogan is our best hope to restore pride and viability to Maryland's economy and hope for the future of our families and loved ones. Marylanders needs a "leg-up," not more soup lines and government cheese.

Posted by: vets4md | November 24, 2009 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Larry Hogan no question!!

Posted by: fisher3167 | November 24, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Larry Hogan has the ability to run a competitive race so I would pick Hogan. Is Kittleman running? If so, I would go with him because he has the pulse of Maryland.

Posted by: h20andoil | November 24, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I think we need somebody who differs on the issues with O'Malley. O'Malley raised the most regressive tax--the state sales tax that every man, woman and child pays every day. His opponent should advocate cutting the state sales tax to give our floundering economy a boost. Then let the people decide. We don't need just a choice of personalities. We need a clear choice on the issues. Massachusetts will have a question on the 2010 ballot to cut its state sales tax from 6.25 cents to 3 cents. Don't be surprized if it passes.

Posted by: robinficker | November 24, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

It seems the few Republicans left in Maryland are all puffed up with McDonnell fever! Not sure who this Hogan character is, but I'd say he's a smart move over regurgitating that loser, Erlich. The GOP needs major reinvention and perhaps this Hogan has an open mind. If he's just warmed over Bush-Cheney-Nixon, however, he'll get flushed faster than Thanksgiving dinner!

Ficker, my friend, I hope you had a goos holiday, but respectfully, your suggestion of cutting the sales tax in half is straight CRACK-POT. Uh, what about the deficit, and the quality of life most Marylanders currently enjoy? Which schools do you suggest get closed when the sales tax if arbitrarily cut? Which police do you suggest get laid off? Which public safety function do you suggest we all do without?

Honest questions...

Posted by: free-donny | November 26, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Don you sound like one of those guys planning to raise the gasoline tax AFTER the election.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | November 29, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

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