Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The Arizona Daily Star has gone out of its way to provide its readers with some of the worst political reporting I have seen in my lifetime. Just check out today's Political Notebook, the political gossip column that I have been praying for a merciful death to since the talentless hack Daniel Scarpinato was writing the column. Stenographic reporting and no fact checking is not reporting.
Despite its failings, the Star occasionally gets something right. Today's editorial endorsement of Ron Barber for Congress is one of those occasions. This is a Sunday print-edition only editorial column (it will be posted online Monday). UPDATE Barber for CD8: centrist, mature leadership on complex issues. Snippets:
Barber for CD8: centrist, mature leadership on complex issues
OUR VIEW: Depth of knowledge, willingness to seek bipartisan answers are vital to district
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On June 12 the voters will decide who is best to complete the congresswoman's term. Also at stake is whether centrist advocacy for Southern Arizona will continue through January 2013.
Ron Barber was at Gifford's side as her district director. He should continue to serve CD8 as its congressman.
On January 8, 2011, Barber was shot twice and nearly died during the assassination attempt on Giffords. While his life irrevocably changed that day, Barber has met the challenge with grace, clarity of purpose and maturity. And the district staff continues to provide constituent assistance without interruption.
Barber has spent his life in public service. When the lasting effects of his injuries were still unknown, he focused personal and public attention on coping with our community's great loss and how to move forward together.
With his family he created a foundation that funds anti-bullying programs in schools, raises money to help fellow Jan. 8 victims, and advocates for better mental health services.
Barber said Giffords asked him to run in this special election, but he is no placeholder. He is the strongest, most knowledgeable candidate about the needs of the district. He possesses hands-on experience, intellectual complexity and wisdom that his competitors -- Republican jesse kelly and Green Party candidate Charlie Manolakis -- have failed to demonstrate.
His maturity speaks volumes about his potential as our next congressman.
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Congress is not an all-or-nothing place and effectiveness requires balance. A mature candidate understands that value.
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Barber does not have a flashy personality and, to be blunt, isn't a dynamic politician. He's learned a great deal campaigning. And his performance at the debate indicates his inclusive leadership style is now powered by even more determination.
The foundation Barber has built over his decades in Southern Arizona, combined with his experience, empathy, depth of character and integrity are excellent qualifications.
Democrat Ron Barber is best for Southern Arizona. He is our choice to represent Congressional District 8.