Endorsements for Congress by the News and Observer
Josephus Daniels must be turning over in his grave today. Not because of the endorsement of a couple of Republicans for Congress, but because the N&O editorial writer gave such lame excuses for the endorsements for Republicans Renee Ellmers and George Holding, a former aide to the late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms.
As the editorial states, “Ellmers, who trained as a nurse and who worked as clinical director of her physician husband’s clinic in Dunn, is as staunch as they come in opposing “Obamacare” – in our view, a stance that ill serves the millions of Americans, including many people in her district, who without the Affordable Care Act will continue to suffer from a lack of health insurance…”
But does that or her other missteps in her first term prevent them from endorsing her? Heck, no.
Here is the non-endorsement/endorsement: “Still, the district was crafted for Ellmers and she’s the overwhelming favorite to win. Her stands may well reflect those of the district. We think a vote for either Ellmers or Wilkins would be justified, depending on the voter’s views."
In other words, since we think Ellmers is going to win as a result of blatantly partisan redistricting, we’re not going to risk her ire by endorsing her opponent.
Then the N&O adds insult to injury by noting all the problems with George Holding as a Congressional Candidate. They don’t even tell their readers about the highly qualified Democrat who opposes Holding, Charles Malone of Raleigh. And this is how they excuse their endorsement of Holding:
“In office, Holding will have to bear in mind that many of his constituents have few resources to fall back on, and that cutting programs – including health care – that assist folks at the bottom of the economic ladder is an all-too-easy step for those who are well off. Can he do that? It’s an open question, but in the near certainty that he’ll be elected, and in the hope that he’ll temper his conservatism in a fair-minded way, Holding gets our editorial endorsement in the 13th District.
Why not just not endorse any candidate in District 13? And why not even recognize the knowledge and character that Charles Malone would provide, if he could be elected? Shame on you, N&O!
PS. If you are registered to vote in Congressional District 13, vote early and vote for Charles Malone, a proven leader who would provide strong representation for his constituents.