The BEE? They joined:
LA Daily News
SF Chron could not endorse Boxer
… countless other papers are hiding
AND – The Fresno Bee endorsed Carly a bit ago. The Sacramento Bee could be next?
The Modesto Bee had to get their jabs in at Carly while endorsing her – but they know: IT SUCKS TO BE BARBARA BOXER.
California has two Democratic U.S. senators, one of whom is well plugged into valley issues, especially agriculture and water, and who works well with representatives of both parties.
It’s the other one who is running for re-election this fall.
While Barbara Boxer wanders into our area every few years, and has helped funnel some federal money to the Tuolumne River Regional Park and Modesto’s Virginia Corridor, she is so far left on most issues that we in the valley can’t see her in the distance, either literally or politically.
Most days, Boxer seems to think she only represents San Francisco, Los Angeles and coastal California.
And even more troubling, Boxer seems to be caught up in Washington’s gotcha politics, focused more on beating Republicans than on doing what’s best for California and the nation.
That extreme partisanship has gotten in the way of Boxer effectively representing California in the Senate.
It’s time for a change, and thus we give our endorsement to Republican Carly Fiorina.
We need bridge builders, be they Democrat or Republican, in this extraordinarily challenging time. Diane Feinstein, our other senator, has shown herself to be such a person, and we see in Fiorina the potential to be part of a new coalition of problem-solvers who will benefit both California and the nation. There are many in Fiorina’s party who would be as stridently partisan on the right as Boxer is on the left. That is the wrong course for California.
Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard executive, has a clear understanding of the issues that frustrate tea party supporters, but without the anger that characterizes much of that movement.
She has a composure and a bearing that enable her to get her points across in a calm, civil manner.
Though she’s been a captain of industry, she has compassion for Main Street, understanding that federal bailouts and stimulus programs haven’t done enough to help average Americans. We know that only too well here in the San Joaquin Valley, where the unemployment rate is much higher than the national and state jobless rates.
On the contentious issue of immigration reform, Fiorina first wants to secure the border and have a guest-worker program that works for California industries. We support comprehensive immigration reform, but also believe that securing the border and establishing a temporary worker program for industries such as agriculture are at the heart of a solution.
Unlike many in the Republican Party, Fiorina supports the DREAM Act, which would allow undocumented youth a conditional path to citizenship by requiring completion of a college degree or two years of military service.
Fiorina says we shouldn’t punish “children who through no fault of their own are here trying to live the American dream.”
In order to win in the primary, Fiorina took some far right positions, which led us to recommend her challenger, Tom Campbell, in the June primary.
Now voters must choose between a stridently partisan long-term incumbent and a political newcomer who indicates a willingness to work across the aisle.
Fiorina has made several trips to the San Joaquin Valley in this campaign, and is paying attention to the concerns of agriculture and industry. On one of those trips, she told The Fresno Bee that the one of the first things she would do if elected would be to walk into Feinstein’s office and offer to work with her to solve California’s water crisis. That is a very positive sign.
While we don’t agree with Fiorina on every issue and hope she will moderate some of her views, we believe that she would do a better job than Boxer has in representing all Californians.
Thus, we recommend Carly Fiorina’s election to the U.S. Senate.
When Willie Brown says you have no ground game and reliably liberal rags like the Chico ER and the Modesto Bee endorse against you – you are Barbara Boxer.