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|Alexander, Dardenne, Vitter endorsed|
Voters across the country as well as in Louisiana will head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 2, to cast ballots in the mid-term congressional elections.
Louisiana voters also will pick a new lieutenant governor while a smattering of local races will appear on Tuesday's ballot, too.
To describe the mid-term congressional elections as vitally important for the future of country would be an understatement at best. That's the case because voters have an opportunity in the mid-term elections to send President Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress a clear and convincing message—We do not approve of their performance in office, and it's time for a change. It is our hope a GOP-controlled Congress—at least a divided one—would serve to thwart Obama's recklessly irresponsible attempts (some successful, by the way) to drive a nail through the heart of a free-market economy, which we have enjoyed in America for more than 200 years.
Sen. David Vitter
It goes without saying that Republican Sen. David Vitter is the most conservative member of the U.S. Senate. Not one member of the Senate has matched Vitter's persistent opposition to the Leftist movement championed by Obama and the Democratic congressional leadership, which has called the shots on Capitol Hill since January 2007.
Vitter's critics describe him as an obstructionist. We do not view him in the same light. Instead, we believe Vitter recognizes (and rightfully so) that the out-of-control, tax-and-spend policies the Democratic-controlled Congress has pursued at Obama's beck and call for almost two years represent a concerted effort to transform the United States into so some of a socialist enclave.
While it is understandable that some voters do not approve of Vitter's past, personal behavior, voters should set aside those concerns. They should do so knowing that a vote to re-elect Vitter to a second, six-year term in his race against Congressman Charlie Melancon, a D-Napoleonville, is in the best interest of the country as a whole. We believe that to be true because we feel Vitter would continue to stand in the way of a president whose motives are suspect to say the least.
Congressman Rodney Alexander
Since he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives some eight years ago, Congressman Rodney Alexander has done an impressive job in representing the fairly conservative views of the 5th District of Louisiana.
We would be hard-pressed to describe Alexander as a great orator. We also would be hard-pressed to describe Alexander as a staunch conservative. However, we can safely describe Alexander, a Republican, as an elected official who puts the interests of his constituents ahead of party politics. That said, 5th District voters should re-elect Alexander to another two-year term in the U.S. House.
A member of the House Appropriations Committee since not long after he switched from Democrat to the Republican Party in 2004, Alexander will move up the chain of command, so to speak, if Republicans retake control of the House in the mid-term elections. That would serve as a plus for the people of the 5th District, who often rely on state and federal appropriations to care for the vast number of poor people here as well as to help finance much-needed infrastructure improvement projects.
Assuming Alexander is re-elected Tuesday in his race against Tom Gibbs Jr., an Independent, we would like to see Alexander recognize that the Congress cannot continue to engage in deficit spending as if money grows on trees.
Secretary of State Jay Dardenne will meet political newcomer Caroline Fayard in a Nov. 2 special election to name a new lieutenant governor for Louisiana. The election was called after then-Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu was elected mayor of New Orleans earlier this year.
Before he was elected secretary of state, Dardenne, R-Baton Rouge, served in the state Senate for a number of years where a host of votes he cast in favor of taxes, including the dreaded Stelly Tax, raises questions about the positions Dardenne would take if he became governor. That's a legitimate concern in light of the possibility of Gov. Bobby Jindal moving on to the national scene in the not-too-distant future as a presidential or vice presidential candidate. Remember, if a governor vacates the office voluntarily or otherwise, the lieutenant governor succeeds him until an election is held to name a permanent replacement.
Dardenne is a seasoned public official, though, and we are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, meaning we suspect he realizes the voters are in no mood to embrace an increase in taxes to underwrite that out-of-control beast we call government. That would include any revenue measures to underwrite the bloated higher education community.
At least we hope Dardenne realizes it.
Fayard, on the other hand, is a diehard Democrat who does not shy away from her close ties to the ruling class in the Democratic Party. She has liberally donated money to Democratic candidates for years, and at a League of Women Voters forum last week in Baton Rouge, Fayard gave Obama a ringing endorsement for the job he's done as president. Out of touch with reality comes to mind.
Fayard, 32, is a young woman. She ran an impressive campaign leading up to the primary election in August. And it is within reason to say Fayard has a bright future ahead of her in politics, assuming she moderates her positions to better reflect the views of a majority of the people of Louisiana.
That brings us back to Dardenne.
He's the clear choice over Fayard in the lieutenant governor's race.