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Smidley
02-23-2008, 03:03 PM
Our Congress vote must go to Peden (http://galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=3e97f1c7650d079f&-session=TheDailyNews:42F9486D057241FBECLuS3694A5E)

By Heber Taylor (http://galvestondailynews.com/contact.lasso?ewcd=21a9a64135df710c83bb5193f76cefa 020f46f6c2e9a0bac50e5f2ef9af4a3c7&-session=TheDailyNews:42F9486D057241FBECLuS3694A5E)
The Daily News

Published February 22, 2008
As no Democrat is on the ballot, those who vote in the Republican Primary will choose the next member of Congress from U.S. House of Representatives District 14.

That’s why The Daily News is taking the unusual, but not unprecedented, step of supporting challenger Chris Peden in this race. While The Daily News doesn’t often endorse in primary races, this election will be the one that decides the district’s representation in Congress for the next two years.

Peden, a certified public accountant who has done a solid job as a city councilman in Friendswood, is running against Dr. Ron Paul, one of the most principled political figures in Washington.

Our decision to endorse Peden shouldn’t come as a surprise. In 2006, we recommended Shane Sklar, a Democrat, in his unsuccessful bid to unseat Paul.

There is much to admire about Paul. Whether you agree with him or not, it took enormous courage to oppose the war in Iraq. His stands on civil liberties are equally courageous and timely.

His voting is scrupulously in line with smaller government. His views are consistent with those of the Libertarian Party. He was once that party’s presidential candidate.

We can say without reservation that he is courageous and principled.

We can’t say he is an effective representative of the district.

Paul makes it a point to cast no votes on government spending, even if those funds are going to be spent in his own district or in a neighboring district.

Neighboring congressmen return the favor.

Even when the GOP had a majority in Congress, it was clear that the district was being punished because of all those no votes. Since the Democrats won a majority, that punishment hasn’t stopped.

In the next two years, leaders in Galveston County will join those from other counties in District 14 in asking for a lot of federal funding. They’ll ask for help on projects such as research at the Galveston National Laboratory and on NASA’s mission to Mars.

Grassroots leaders should have an effective ally in their congressional representative. Peden is the better choice.

Hey, kids! Can you say "scum bucket"?

MRoCkEd
02-23-2008, 03:05 PM
It wasn't a smearjob, and they spoke highly of Ron Paul..
I respect their opinion, but we should buy a ron paul ad in the paper now lol

wv@SC
02-23-2008, 03:15 PM
Well, what can you say? They want their earmarks, and they're sick of other districts getting it when the 14th doesn't.

It's not fair, but if all congressmen were like RP, noone would be getting anything that they could not constitutionally claim.

Which is why he needs to be re-elected!

Spirit of '76
02-23-2008, 03:23 PM
Summary:

"We want pork! We want pork!"

dirka
02-23-2008, 03:23 PM
If they want more damn earmarks and spending, vote for a Democrat you idiots!

People are "supposed" to vote republican to stop spending, not increase it!!

Just another reason I hate Texas and will never go there again.

itshappening
02-23-2008, 09:29 PM
this newspaper is a disgrace.... they openly want socialism :mad::mad:

the thing is, it sounds so tempting to voters...

RonPaulFanInGA
02-24-2008, 01:44 AM
Who gives a crap what Herbert Taylor thinks? Not a single voters' mind was changed by this endorsement.

Plus they endorsed Sklar in 2006. That took him real far, huh? Taylor doesn't like Paul. big deal.

Banana
02-24-2008, 02:01 AM
I think Taylor is feeling a bit embarrassed when asked by his fat friends why he is so thin because he doesn't get enough pork.

Porks are pretty expensive nowadays, you know?

Smidley
02-25-2008, 01:20 AM
It may have affected more people than you think.

Letters to the Editor (http://galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=03168499cd9043f1&-session=TheDailyNews:42F9486D0578839800okqk64ACBF)
February 25, 2008

The Daily News endorsed Chris Peden, a Friendswood city councilman, for the Republican nomination for Congress in District 14. No Democrats are seeking the post.

We Need A Representative — Not A Fixed Agenda

Chris Peden is both a levelheaded, proven businessman and a popular elected official. Before I decided to become a supporter, I met with and listened to his reasons for running against our incumbent, Congressman Ron Paul.

They made sense. Ours is a large, diverse and complicated district, certainly one of the most important in Texas. Ports and beaches, farms and factories, nuclear power and oil and gas, universities and hospitals. We really need a representative who has the background to understand our problems and who is willing to work hard in partnership with others in Washington to solve them.

Ron Paul has not — and will not do that. He is firmly fixed on his own Libertarian agenda, which has a certain appeal, but which is not realistic in the United States today.

I have spent many years in Washington and know the ways of Congress, the bureaucracies and party politics. Anyone who has watched the Republican Party debates quickly sees how badly Ron Paul is out of step with everyone else.

I am convinced that, while Chris Peden has a fine mind of his own, he understands that an effective representative works to improve the system — not overthrow it.

George Prill
Galveston

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Ron Paul Is Informed

The idea that Ron Paul is uninformed because he was unaware of two minor allegations in his district while running a presidential campaign is downright ludicrous.

Let us have a test of both candidates administered by The Daily News on topics like economic policy, American history, monetary policy, the Constitution, foreign policy, geography and demographics of the 14th District and see who scores best. I say — its no contest.

Mark Thornton
Auburn, Ala.

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Please Vote For A ‘True’ Republican

Ron Paul, our U.S. congressman and presidential wannabe, has stated that he will not support the Republican nominee for president. He does, however, want our Republican vote for his congressional seat.

If Paul is so anti-Republican that he cannot support the Republican nominee for president, why should Republicans support Ron Paul for Congress?

Ron Paul is Libertarian to a fault. He has earned the ignoble title of “Dr. No” because he is against government fixing problems. We live in a real world that requires proactive representatives bringing proactive solutions.

Fortunately, a conservative candidate has stepped forward. Chris Peden is one of us, carries our values and will be part of the solution to our problems.

Voters need to remember that there is more than just the presidential primary March 4. We are also selecting our nominee to represent us in Washington.

Randy White
Katy

Banana
02-25-2008, 01:29 AM
Smidley,

You need to ask yourself, who decide what get printed in the letters of editors? How many letters did they turn down, and were there more pro-RPs than con-RPs?

It is unfortunate fact that any media outlet, no matter how objective they may claim to be, will have an axe to grind.

Luft97
02-25-2008, 01:42 AM
Don't think that this Randy White guy was not a Peden supporter before the Galveston Daily News endorsed Peden. I can pretty well tell you that hardly anyone in Katy Tx would even have a copy of the Galveston Daily News.

Banana
02-25-2008, 01:48 AM
Fair enough. It would be unwise to get cocky anyhow. I do trust that RP has made the right decision by staying in Texas to rally up the troops. :)

A tangent but this just struck me:


If Paul is so anti-Republican that he cannot support the Republican nominee for president, why should Republicans support Ron Paul for Congress?

This bothers me a bit because this represents a typical mindset that we should vote for our party every single time. That party comes first. We're not voting for a party. We're voting for a man, and that will be either Paul or Peden for the 14th Texans. I believe we got ourselves in this mess when we decided that we should put our loyalty to party first before principles, before Constitution.

Luft97
02-25-2008, 01:51 AM
Fair enough. It would be unwise to get cocky anyhow. I do trust that RP has made the right decision by staying in Texas to rally up the troops. :)

A tangent but this just struck me:



This bothers me a bit because this represents a typical mindset that we should vote for our party every single time. That party comes first. We're not voting for a party. We're voting for a man, and that will be either Paul or Peden for the 14th Texans. I believe we got ourselves in this mess when we decided that we should put our loyalty to party first before principles, before Constitution.

You just summed up in a nutshell the problem with party politics. I am glad Ron will not compromise on the Constitution.