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Another musician wants to live in the Maryland governor’s mansion

Right now, the Maryland governor’s mansion is home to a guy who likes to jam with his Irish folk rock band and, on at least one occasion, play his banjo for tips in the streets of Annapolis. But Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will soon be term-limited out, and another musician is trying to replace him.

Ronald A. George — a Republican delegate from Anne Arundel County who owns a jewelry shop not far from O’Malley’s current residence — has released a music video that slams the governor for imposing a slew of new taxes, especially the so-called “Rain Tax,” a fee charged to property owners to clean and manage polluted stormwater runoff.

Lyrics include: “You know they taxed us over 80-some times now. At least they taxed us for the very last time now. Pay more for gas and food and everything at home. O’Malley-Brown won’t you leave us alone. They’re almost gone now, really, really gone now.”

George lagged behind all of his Republican rivals in a Washington Post poll this month: Anne Arundel County businessman Larry Hogan led among likely voters with 35 percent, followed by Harford County Executive David R. Craig with 19 percent and Charles County businessman Charles Lollar with 13 percent. George had 5 percent.

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) led that poll among likely Democratic voters, with 46 percent. If Brown were to face Hogan in the general election, the poll found that he would likely get 51 percent of support from registered voters.

George has said that he is a card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild and years ago appeared in soap operas and a couple movies.