Editorial: McAuliffe, Northam, Herring & Simon

October 16, 2013 7:38 PM8 comments

The News-Press endorses Terry McAuliffe for governor, Ralph Northam for lieutenant governor and Mark Herring for attorney general in the Virginia statewide campaigns leading up to the Nov. 5 election.

In calling for the Democratic sweep that this represents, we encourage voters in Virginia to deliver a very strong message of disapproval of the behavior of the Republican Party, both nationally in the debacle that has unfolded across the Potomac in Washington, D.C., but also in its anti-woman politics of excess in Richmond. This extends to all the state delegate races on the ballot next month, as well. We endorse all Democrats, up and down the line, in these races for the same reason, including Marcus Simon in Falls Church’s 53rd District.

Breaking the trend in place for so many decades – of the governor elected in Virginia being of the other party than the one who won the U.S. presidency the year before – would send a strong signal, nationally, of the Virginia’s extreme displeasure with what’s been going on in D.C.

The head of the GOP ticket in Virginia, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, has been in lock step with the radical Tea Party wing of the Republicans in the U.S. House. He welcomed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the radical right’s latest demagogue du jour, to appear at a campaign event on his behalf recently, contributing to the notion that his fate should be sealed with those of Cruz and his faction in the eyes of American public opinion.

The same goes for the GOP candidates for lieutenant governor, E. W. Jackson, and attorney general, Mark Obenshain. If anything, they are even more aligned philosophically with the Tea Party right wing, notwithstanding their “shape-shifting” efforts during the campaign to obfuscate some of their more extreme beliefs.

The fact that the polls are currently showing the three Democrats in the lead can be traced directly to the extremely misbehaving Tea Party Republicans in the U.S. Congress. Their obstructionism forcing the federal government to shut down has furloughed thousands in Northern Virginia, feeling the impact of their nonsense directly.

Voters should not overlook the importance of electing Northam as lieutenant governor, in particular, because he will be the tie-breaking vote in a State Senate that is now composed of 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans. If elected, he will effectively become a tie-breaking 21st Democratic vote in the Senate, blocking a lot of extremist legislation that might otherwise be coming out of the legislature as it has in recent years.

Beyond all this, McAuliffe will make an outstanding governor. His enthusiasm and energy are infectious and the state needs that to continue to attract and retain business in a climate of regional and global competition. His will be a very high profile face for Virginia and we have no doubt that he, like his running mates, will advance progressive values on behalf of all Virginians because they’re right, and also to stay competitive.

  • FallsChurchCitizen

    It’s telling that the best thing you can say FOR McAuliffe is his infectious enthusiasm. He’s a horrible executive who isn’t qualified to run a used-car dealership, let alone the Commonwealth. Cuccinelli is by far the better executive and the best choice to run the state.

  • thomas augustus

    So…. you want to punish republicans for what the feds did by electing McAuliffe? Wow. The intelligentsia in FC is really a sordid bunch. And you want to do it by electing a guy for Governor who wouldn’t even be in VA if his boss had not moved across the river? If Hillary loses again in 2016, maybe she will find a VA home and run for Senator in 2020.

  • thomas augustus

    Oh… I almost forgot. Once McAuliffe is elected, maybe GreenTech will relocate here and build some cars.

  • David

    I don’t know why the FCNP publishes endorsements. The whole “newspaper” is a biased endorsement of leftist candidates and policies.

    • Dave

      Couldn’t agree with you more. FCNP doesn’t seem to understand fair, balanced, and unbiased reporting. They obviously don’t understand ethical, responsible journalism.

  • Bill

    Wow..Benton endorsed all democrats in this election cycle. What a shock for this “newspaper”.

  • fcnative

    This is the best example of a “lesser of two evils” election I can remember. I sincerely hope that more people consider casting ballots for Robert Sarvis. He’s really an outstanding candidate with thoughtful, fair, sensible policy stances.

  • Mike Smith

    The News Press endorses the lackluster over the appalling. I guess that works for me.

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