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  •  Speaking of Maryland Republicans, (0+ / 0-)

    we used to have a wonderful one!  He actually was considered a liberal Republican (can you imagine such a thing now?).  I found this interesting tibdit about his first Senate race:

    Mathias officially declared his candidacy for the Senate on February 10, 1968, calling for troop reductions in the Vietnam War, and identifying urban blight, racial discrimination, welfare reform, and improving public schools as major issues.[11] As the campaign drew on, the two primary issues became the War and criminal activity. Mathias argued that the extensive bombing campaigns in North Vietnam should be reduced, while Brewster (the Democrat) had argued for increasing bombardment. Brewster adopted a hard line stance on law and order, while Mathias advocated addressing the precipitating causes of poverty and the low standard of living in urban ghettos. Campaign finances were also an issue, with controversy erupting over Brewster's receipt of $15,000 in campaign contributions from his Senate staff and their families.  (bold added)
    From the same link, he also endorsed Obama in 2008.  I am proud to say I got to vote for him twice before he retired and have not voted for a Republican for federal office since.  Oh, to have more like him in either party.

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