Tuesday, March 14, 2006
This Blog Picks McSweeney in the 8th: Term Limits and Strong on the Issues
David McSweeney is this blogs choice for 8th district Congress. He has been endorsed by a number of pro-life groups plus the major papers because his knowledge of the issues is encyclopedic and highly impressive. I particularly like him because he promises to imitate Tom Coburn who gave both establishment Republicans and Democrats a severe pain while in the House because he zeroed in on their go along to get along free spending. Term limits freed Coburn from the temptation to be a careerist.
While Kathy Salvi was a student of mine and excellent she came to the campaign late, after a good pro-lifer announced. That seems to be the pattern increasingly with some pro-life aspirants. The charges she makes about McSweeney fail to register with me. First she charges that McSweeney was quoted as favoring pro-choice when he ran against Phil Crane. Not having paid much attention to the race, I cannot verify it for sure by my own observationbut Ronald Reagan was not only initially a pro-choice governor but signed into law the most expansive abortion rights law in California at the time. David has told me the attribution of him as a one-time pro-choicer is wrong; I accept that and feel that whats important on that very significant issue is how you will vote in the future. Jim Oberweis was a pro-choicer once and its no crime to come around.
The second thing Kathys people are saying is that because David ran against Phil Crane, he weakened Crane so that the seat eventually went to a Democrat, Melissa Bean. It was no secret that Crane had passed his prime years before, which was the reason Peter Fitzgerald ran against him. Many people had told Crane not to run because of his lackadaisical attitude toward the jobincluding me. Crane wanted to be a careerist. While Id rather have Crane the careerist in than Bean the careerist, there was no doubt that he was not treating his job with seriousnessand was rejecting any plea that he improve his operation. His staff was abysmal for years.
So, while I know the race will be close, heres hoping that David pulls it out.