Endorsements: Marcy, for nowWritten by Tom Pounds/ Michael S. Miller | | firstname.lastname@example.org
We received a letter this week in which one resident of District 9 articulated why he believes voters should vote for Rep. Marcy Kaptur in the March 6 Democratic primary.
Joe Bialek of Cleveland, who is a former campaign worker for Dennis Kucinich (and a very busy blogger and Web poster with a well-documented history of criticizing Kucinich), said he worked on the 1994 Kucinich State Senate campaign against Anthony Sinagra and the 1996 Kucinich Congressional campaign against Martin Hoke.
“During those campaigns I came to know Dennis quite well,” he wrote. “What concerned me then and concerns me now is why Kucinich failed as mayor of Cleveland and still fails to succeed as a congressman. He does not have the critical ability to communicate properly with constituents, fellow lawmakers and the media in general. Some politicians are able to ‘re-make’ themselves. Sadly, Kucinich has chosen not to and look what this has resulted in for the previous 10th Congressional District.”
The perception that Kucinich lacks the ability to build coalitions (also noted by The Plain Dealer) is, of course, one of Kaptur’s strengths. Her critics claim Kaptur is not a major player in D.C. in relation to her seniority, but when it comes to getting people together at the table for local issues and initiatives, Kaptur has a strong record, especially in areas of economic development. Bialek’s perceptions of Kaptur are strongly echoed in her hometown area.
“Kaptur reminds me of the type of congressperson we desperately need during these troubling economic times,” he wrote. “From the moment you meet her you can’t help but be struck by her well-honed people skills. She has utilized these skills very effectively.”
Our endorsement for Kaptur for the Democratic primary is not an automatic endorsement for her against her likely Republican opponent and our choice for the Republican primary, Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher. As “Joe the Plumber,”
Wurzelbacher is a GOP fundraising draw and is an increasingly polished speaker who emanates an organic connection with blue-collar Republican voters, an increasingly mobilized group. Wurzelbacher must first get past Steve Kraus, the conservative from Huron. Kraus, with his platform that includes disbanding the Environmental Protection Agency and support for the failed Ohio Sovereignty issue, is unlikely to overcome the “Joe the Plumber” phenomenon on March 6.
The GOP-led redistricting will meet one of its goals; either Kaptur or Kucinich will be out of the House. Whether that will be enough to vault Wurzelbacher into office remains to be seen, but Kaptur should survive the first round.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at email@example.com.
Michael S. Miller is editor in chief of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.