The newspaper of record, The Zero, has chosen Slo-Bo over smart guy Rob Cornilles–even though it endorsed him the last time.
Even the titles of the endorsements are similar:
Apparently they want to put the brakes on a “starting anew” for the 1st CD and go with the same old, same old but label it as starting a “new era”.
The Zero suggests we send to Congress another Democrat who covered up for David Wu and whose husband was his attorney. A Democrat who will vote the same way.
NEW ERA here we come. Yawn.
The Oregonian always tends toward the institutional. If things are made to look inevitable Big O–the Zero– is right there to cheerlead-on the idiocy. From light rail choo choos to urban renewal scams, the Zero is always there to transcribe for the Chicago-on-the-Willamette crowd.
Only after citizens do the job of the newspaper of record and the paper is embarrassed, the Zero sometimes –belatedly–comes around. The Unsustainable Sustainability Center (see post here) scam and the Lake Oswego choo choo to Homer Williams’ latest condo project come to mind.
They’ve got a blind spot on the Democrats’ stranglehold on the 1st CD and how Independents and Republicans have had NO representation for 14 years. None. David Wu voted the Democrat line with few exceptions, and when there were exceptions, he didn’t matter.
At a time of fiscal Armageddon the Zero uses its political juice to endorse a doctrinaire Dem who plans to do the same thing David Wu did. She presumably wouldn’t be doing it drunk and high and in a tiger suit, so there’s that.
Cornilles, 46, a native of the district, has built a sports consulting firm, Game Face, working with professional franchises across the country. He brings business experience and an articulate determination unlikely to leave anyone confused about his positions or priorities.
His strong pro-trade position better fits the trade-intensive district than Wu’s objections. …[E]verything about Cornilles’ background suggests a strong capacity to learn and the ability to work across lines to make a clear impact in Washington.Northwest Oregon voters looking for a new direction for the 1st District, in Washington and the world, have a strong opportunity in Rob Cornilles.
Before a vote is cast, this month’s special election in the 1st Congressional district already promises a sizable improvement in representation for Northwest Oregon voters.
Either Democrat Suzanne Bonamici or Republican Rob Cornilles would significantly raise the district’s level of representation over Wu, who resigned in disgrace in August.
This is how the Zero props up Suzanne Bonamici –Slo-Bo–with faint praise:
Bonamici can be excruciatingly cautious; it took her months, and the end of the primary campaign, to decide she was actually for the U.S.-Korea trade agreement, which by that time had already passed.
Slo-Bo waited to see which way the political winds were going and then decided after Rob Cornilles laid down his marker on the free trade agreement. This is “legislative experience.”
Can’t we just go with the smart guy who wants the 1st CD to succeed and knows what it takes? With the Zero apparently not. The takeaway from the Zero here is: if you have a choice between a sharp guy who has facility on the issues and business sense but is a Republican you must choose the dim witted Democrat. Got it.