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Posted at 9:43 PM ET, 10/23/2010

My endorsement: Checks and balances

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Mike Henry
College Park

I endorse Robert Ehrlich for governor of Maryland.

I am a registered Democrat, and I do not support all of Mr. Ehrlich’s positions. But I back him because I am a disciple of James Madison and believe in checks and balances. Our Founding Fathers were right: The people are safer and more secure in their liberty when power is divided.

Both houses of Maryland’s General Assembly are firmly in Democratic hands, and with the governorship the party is in complete control. This single vision concerning taxes, services and social problems is unhealthy, as decisions are often made without serious debate or input from those with another point of view. We have witnessed the dangers of one-party control at the national level as both Republicans (2002-06) and Democrats (2009-10) ran roughshod over the opposition and failed to seek bipartisan cooperation. This situation is clearly not good for the people of Maryland.

We need bipartisanship, and a Republican governor will serve as a counterweight to the legislative hegemony of the Democrats. Democrats will be forced to compromise, which is the essence of our republican form of government.

Readers are invited to make the case for their candidate in the Maryland governor's race in 200 words or fewer and e-mail it to letters@washpost.com with “My Endorsement” in the subject line. Please include a day and evening phone number and a note describing any connection you have to the candidates, their campaigns or Maryland politics in general. Responses will be posted on All Opinions Are Local through Oct. 22

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 23, 2010; 9:43 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, My Endorsement  
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