A more plausible Republican candidate, state Del. Anthony J. O’Donnell (Calvert), is on the ballot in the 5th District, consisting of parts of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties, which Rep. Steny Hoyer has represented for more than 30 years. Mr. O’Donnell is minority leader in the House and an affable fellow. But his over-the-top rhetoric about Mr. Hoyer, coupled with his decision to sign a pledge never to raise any tax, suggests he would be unable to work across the aisle in Congress.
By contrast, Mr. Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, is an effective, highly sensible lawmaker with a record of getting things done. He deserves reelection.