Thursday, November 03, 2005

Potomac News endorses Marshall for the 13th

The Potomac News yesterday endorsed Del. Bob Marshall for reelection. This is somewhat of a surprise given their previous endorsement of Porta over McQuigg and their endorsement today of Kaine over Kilgore. How could a paper that made those two endorsements also endorse Marshall? Overall, it is a solid piece that rebutts the libs characterization that Marshall is a one-issue candidate and puts the spotlight on his efforts to improve transportation in the area. I'm glad to see Marshall getting credit where credit is due, especially since I did lit drops for him wayyyyyy back in '91 during his first campaign for delegate. Good luck next Tuesday, Bob!!!


At 11/03/2005 01:28:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

This is amazing/confusing/astounding. Being in California, I haven't read it, but I have to believe this is a function of a newspaper which will tolerate Republicans that can't be beat, but will try to defeat Republicans in swing districts. The paper's genuine ideology is reflected in its endorsement of Hilda and Earnie.

At 11/03/2005 03:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can the same staff think that McQuigg is doing a poor job and Marshall is doing a good job?

Given their other endorsements, this one boggles the mind.

At 11/03/2005 03:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you read all the PN endorsements, the Marshall endorsement is the only one that talked more about the person they endorsed than the one they didn't.

Read the Kaine "endorsement". It reads like an "anti-Kilgore" endorsement. Reading it I don't know why I don't vote for Potts.

With McQuigg it was more about how she had "underaccomplished", although the real complaint was she put to much thought into coming up with a good position on HOT -- they liked Porta's willingness to just say stuff.

And I haven't yet figured out the Barg endorsement -- apparently she said the words "BRAC" and "Transportation" in the same sentence, and that did it for them. They didn't say anything bad about Jeff at all, and blasted Hilda for being in the pocket of developers.

Read the Barg endorsement -- they practically plead with her not to use this as a 'stepping-stone' to higher ambition. I'm thinking, she's 72, is she really looking to move up at this time?

At 11/03/2005 06:02:00 PM, Anonymous marty nohe said...

When the Potomac News endorsed my opponent in 2003, the article basically said, "We like both of them. We decided to endorse the other guy, but because we did like Marty, we'll spend the next 300 words talking about how great Marty Nohe is." I seem to recall that they justified the endorsement by noting that my opponent was older.

At 11/03/2005 06:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like how Porta is advertising on the Potomac News website ... hmmm which came first, the endorsement or the paid ads.

At 11/03/2005 06:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe paper endorsements, gasp, aren't really about hard and very simplistic partisan lines after all? The Virginian Pilot endorsed Republicans in competative local races (and mostly endorsed local Republicans overall). They endorsed McDonnell even though Deeds is competative. They refused to endorse Byrne. And they endorsed Kaine. Maybe you want to spin that into some grand conspiracy theory about how it's all to benefit Kaine, but if you read their pieces and their reasons, it's pretty sound stuff that they are basing their choices on: leadership experience, the sensibility of proposals, credibility, and honesty of campaigns. Sometimes, a duck really is a duck, and not part of some grand ploy.

At 11/03/2005 11:07:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

Ah, Marty, you may be on to something here with the age thing.

Barg older than Frederick
Kaine older than Kilgore

What about in the other races?


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