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Endorsement Watch: U.S. Senate

Barbara Boxer

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Democrat, is facing a challenge from Republican Carly Fiorina and four third-party candidates in the Nov. 2 election.

The Press Democrat Editorial Board endorsed Boxer on Oct. 18. A copy of the editorial is attached below. Did the PD Editorial Board make the right decision? Disagree with the choice? Post a comment to share your thoughts with other members of the community.

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PD Editorial: For Boxer
Senator’s views are closer to California’s mainstream

Californians have a stark and not very appealing choice for the U.S. Senate seat on the Nov. 2 ballot.

No one could credibly count Democrat Barbara Boxer among the most effective members of Congress, despite 18 years in the Senate and 10 in the House of Representatives. Republican Carly Fiorina says she’ll be an energetic legislator. However, on too many issues, her views conflict with the majority of California voters.

Boxer leaves much of the legislative mechanics to Sen. Dianne Feinstein. She can be strident — dressing down a general who called her “ma’am” rather than “senator” during a committee hearing. But her core views are closer than Fiorina’s to California’s mainstream, so The Press Democrat recommends Boxer for the U.S. Senate.

Consider a few examples:

• Boxer supported health care reform, which takes steps toward improving access and controlling costs. Fiorina favors a repeal.

• Boxer opposes oil drilling off the California coast. Fiorina favors drilling.

• Fiorina opposes abortion rights and same-sex marriage. Boxer is a strong advocate for abortion rights, and she opposed Proposition 8.

• Boxer is a co-author of cap-and-trade, President Barack Obama’s preferred approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and she opposes Proposition 23, which would suspend California’s landmark global warming law. Fiorina favors Proposition 23 and opposes cap-and-trade.

• Fiorina opposed confirmation for the eminently qualified Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Boxer voted for both of Obama’s nominess for the court.

Over the past two years, the Senate all too frequently has been an obstacle to Obama’s agenda, with Republicans using filibusters and other parliamentary maneuvers to delay action on major legislation. Boxer has her own fierce partisan streak, but when a banking crisis threatened the world economy, she stepped up and supported the Bush administration. The Troubled Asset Relief Program helped stabilize the markets and the financial industry. Fiorina says it didn’t work.

On the issue of free trade with our global partners, Fiorina has it right. But that’s not enough to offset her staunchly conservative views on other issues. And her firing at Hewlett-Packard, and the harsh criticism from some Packard family members, takes a lot of the luster from Fiorina’s business background.

Our choice for the U.S. Senate was former congressman Tom Campbell. Unfortunately, he finished second in the Republican primary.

With important issues including education and immigration reform on the agenda for the next Congress, along with a major highway bill, California needs a senator who won’t reflexively oppose any proposal from President Obama. That senator is Barbara Boxer. We hope that in a fourth term, as chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, she will make a bigger mark in Washington.





16 Responses to “Endorsement Watch: U.S. Senate”

  1. Reg Heppell says:

    No Politician that I dislike or trust less then her.

  2. NOTUTOO says:

    The health care debacle does nothing to control costs or improving access to health care. It is estimated that this bill will cost the American Taxpayers between 1-4 Trillion dollars. Already we’re seeing rising health care costs. The bill says that a health care provider cannot deny insurance for a pre-existing condition, but it does not address the premiums that they can charge. What’s the point? The bill did not address liability and the outrageous number of lawsuits that follow. Doctors prescribe every test and procedure so as not to be held liable. And now they’re giving health care waivers to large corporations like General Electric and McDonalds, huge contributors to Obama. But hey, we have to pass it to see whats in in. Or so say the Democrats like Boxer.

    Yes, she’s pro choice on abortion, but that also means that she cares not about parents rights. In 2006 she Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. To you mothers that means that a stranger from Family Planning gets to mentor your child and be her advocate without you having any knowledge or input for your very own daughter, in what is probably the most vulnerable time in her life. In 2004 she voted NO on a criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crimes.

    Barbara Boxer is Pro cloning. And no matter how you stand on same sex marriages, the people of California voted it down by majority vote twice, Boxer doesn’t care, she votes pro same sex marriage.

    If you’re on the fence about voting for Boxer or not you can look at this website and see if she stands in line with your beliefs.
    http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/Barbara_Boxer.htm

  3. Dave Madigan says:

    Many years ago, Boxer (sorry..NOT Senator or Ma’am), made a habit of bouncing checks while in the House of Representatives. Now, she is bouncing checks again by voting to pass all of this legislation that we can not afford.
    We need to bounce Boxer’s butt out.

    Don’t Re-Elect Incumbent Politicians!
    DRIP on them!

  4. Frank says:

    Francis
    what is corporate welfare for businesses?

  5. Stop the Insanity says:

    Those of you who are surprised or disappointed by the PD endorsement of the slate of progressives should consider one thing.

    When you read a political endorsement or a reporter’s column about a political event it has been written by a union member. Journalism schools turnout young minds that want to save the world and the world can only be saved with progressivism.

    Union members favor the liberal point of view and endorse like minded politicans.

    Keep that in mind when you read these endorsements and keep on going.

  6. Francis says:

    ILLEGAL ALIEN MASS AMNESTY IF REID RETURNS.

    OUR politicians have compromised America’s safety by lying about the Border Fence construction. It is neither the original expectation of a double fencing (2006 Secure Fence Act); or the completion of the project. It’s alarming to think that Senator Reid, Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Janet Napolitano, Russ Feingold will sweep into the Senate or House, with a massive commitment to adding another Amnesty to the first session of Congress. They keep reassuring us that an Amnesty will cost taxpayers nothing. But the non-profit think -tank of the Heritage Foundation, has made a projection of $2.6 TRILLION DOLLARS. When our whole country is in debt through the importation of foreign oil, our propagating military across the globe and the unwavering corruption in Washington they are still considering a path to citizenship for 12 to 20 million criminal aliens.

    Politicians have become so conceited and believe that once they reach Washington they are untouchable. They seem to forget once they get on their high horse, they are still are public servants and can be removed by the vote. The wealthy elites both Democrats and Republicans think once they attain a powerful influence in their constituencies or on Capitol Hill, they can do whatever they want, no matter the desire of the majority of American people.It should be remembered that any slip of the tongue, will be used against the arriving candidate by the Liberal media and the lapdogs in the political parties. The extremist ultra left are out to humiliate you any way they can, so they can proceed with their agenda. It’s difficult to get your view out there, when the Liberal press suppresses anything you write. The Liberal Democrats have even taken on a financial shroud of massive spending in a time of chronic recession.

    A major issue that cannot be hidden under the proverbial mat is Illegal Immigration. No matter how they try to disguise it, it keeps coming back to haunt either party. Lawmakers truly deem an open border is a wonderful attribute to our society and all Americans should appreciate that never ending stream of foreigners arriving here with little or no money. Yet legislators are still galloping ahead with the spending insaneness, but still wants to add another 2.6 trillion dollars, to our US deficit of over 13 trillion and climbing. In addition to this unspeakable possibility of US insolvency, President Obama’s mob, wants to prepare us for drawing illegal immigrants into our Social Security net. (They voting yes to illegal aliens participating in May 2006) Giving away our pensions to people who paid–Nothing into the system and Reid proffering a measly $250.00 to a already financially hard hit senior citizen.

    If Harry Reid and his associates get their foot back in the door of the Senate, we can expect a defying shove towards mass–AMNESTY. He and his confederates in crime must be disturbed, in trying to pass this bill. Citizens and residents cannot feed their families, cannot keep their means of transportation on the road, or pay their mortgages and he wants—AMNESTY? Neither party is without blame, as this failure of border enforcement remained after the 1986 Ronald Reagan’s bill.
    Reid voted–NO–to making E-Verify mandatory as a business requirement; or limiting welfare to illegal aliens that is another massive cost, estimated to be just the federal level of $113 billion dollars yearly as According to FAIR. Currently Reid, Pelosi Boxer Napolitano, Feingold and the rest of the de-facto monarchy have directed ICE to only arrest full blown criminals and allowing the rest to go back into the communities.

    Such an act is illegal and contrary to the Immigration bill of 1986. Even our Governors, Mayors cannot be trusted as we have observed with Jerry Brown Gavin Newsom, who did nothing to stop the escalation of Sanctuary Cities in California or other politicians in other comparable cities and states. Reid and his people went along with the policies of Sanctuary Cities, by voting to fund them. These liberals’ extremists want nothing more but to attract every poor person around the world, and accommodate them with a host of benefits, originally reserved for the disadvantaged in America’s society. $113 Billion dollars annually goes to subsiding illegal aliens and that was in 2004; according to the (FAIR) Federation Casino’s, Powerful Unions have compacted large donations to all Democratic Lawmakers, as most states have been hit seriously with “Collective Bargaining.” Its no large amounts of money from powerful Unions have swamped Jerry Browns hope of a second internship as California’s Governor. Whitman will try to repeal contain conditions, such as retiring at 55, with almost a full pension equivalent to their wages.

    This mass illegal immigration will lead to overpopulation, a failure of our infrastructure, energy and loss of public entitlements for US citizens and residents. Only the significant removal of all incumbents and a dire warning to each party, that your days are numbered if you usher in another Amnesty. Tea Party candidates are just as vulnerable, if they follow the parties’ philosophical ideas of corporate welfare for businesses; that’s what illegal labor is and giving away American jobs. Any secret sessions to make available Social Security for aliens or endorsing Amnesty are something of treachery to THE PEOPLE. GOOGLE–those Senators and Representatives you are voting for and see their stance on illegal immigration and even check out the costs to your household. Then you choose who should be returned to their high thrones with earmarks, spending sprees, out-of -the-world costs of supporting foreign nationals?

  7. VoteOutWoolsey says:

    I have some very grave issues with Carly Fiorina, but Boxer has got to go. It’s really sad that we are forced to choose between Boxer and Fiorina, but it’s what we have to do, and Boxer is clearly not the right person for the job at this time.

  8. BigDogatPlay says:

    The PeeDe, predictably, endorses one the single most ineffective legislators ever to sit in the Congress as our only hope.

    Good grief.

    The SF Chronicle’s non-endorsement of any candidate in the race from a couple of weeks back made the case abundantly clear.

    In case you missed it, you can find it here… http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-09-26/opinion/24098200_1_climate-change-republican-carly-fiorina-health-care

    If the PeeDee editorial board actually examined the record of Mrs. Boxer objectively, rather than simply pulling the lever for whomever the Democrat on the ballot is, they might be considered as doing a valuable public service.

    It’s no wonder newspapers are rapidly devolving into complete irrelevance.

  9. Phillip says:

    And all of the posters call themselves Democrats? …oh my.

  10. Really Big Fish says:

    Now we add Gullixion ans the so called editorial board to the list of names like Boxer, Woolsey, Thompson, Wiggins….been around for so many years destroying our county, our once great quality of life and all through the simple activities of taking money from the unions and standing up for illegial aliens instead of citizens. I thought they wanted to jounalists and to sell papers.

  11. Jim says:

    Let’s see Boxer voted for the scamulus package and bank bailouts. How’s that working out for folks?

  12. Michael Sheehan says:

    Only an out of touch editorial board with a warped view of California could endorse a worthless political hack such as Boxer. Boxer has done literally nothing in her 18 years in the Senate, and is a constant embarrassment to Californians. Someone with actual ideas deserves chance to represent us.

    Vote for Fiorina,

  13. Theosebes Goodfellow says:

    ~”Californians have a stark and not very appealing choice for the U.S. Senate seat on the Nov. 2 ballot.”~
    (Not exactly a way to start a “ringing endorsement”, huh?)

    ~”No one could credibly count Democrat Barbara Boxer among the most effective members of Congress, despite 18 years in the Senate and 10 in the House of Representatives.”~

    (READ: She hasn’t done anything in 28 years except a)feed at the trough, b) enrich her buddies and c) cost you a mint.)

    ~”Republican Carly Fiorina says she’ll be an energetic legislator. However, on too many issues, her views conflict with the majority of California voters.”~

    (The legal ones or the illegal ones? Because Boxer voted AGAINST E-Verify.)

    ~”Boxer leaves much of the legislative mechanics to Sen. Dianne Feinstein.”~

    (READ: We only have half of our senators pulling their weight in Washington.)

    ~”She can be strident — dressing down a general who called her “ma’am” rather than “senator” during a committee hearing.”~

    (Who said women can’t be pompous @$$e$? Not Barbara!)

    ~”But her core views are closer than Fiorina’s to California’s mainstream…,”~

    (No, her “core” values are closer to the PD Editorial Board’s values, which it has a bad habit of interpreting as those of the rest of California’s.)

    so The Press Democrat recommends Boxer for the U.S. Senate.

    Consider a few examples:

    • Boxer supported health care reform, which takes steps toward improving access and controlling costs. Fiorina favors a repeal.

    (?!?!!!?? WHAT THE …??!? Obamacare is controlling costs? On what planet?)

    • Boxer opposes oil drilling off the California coast. Fiorina favors drilling.

    (Despite being in Congress for 28 YEARS, we still do not have a comprehensive energy policy aimed at weaning us from buying oil from the very same people who a) flew our own airplanes into buildings and b) whose populaces frequently shout “Death to America!!!”.)

    • Fiorina opposes abortion rights and same-sex marriage. Boxer is a strong advocate for abortion rights, and she opposed Proposition 8.

    (Are you reading this right now? Aren’t you glad YOUR mommy didn’t have an abortion?)

    • Boxer is a co-author of cap-and-trade, President Barack Obama’s preferred approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and she opposes Proposition 23, which would suspend California’s landmark global warming law. Fiorina favors Proposition 23 and opposes cap-and-trade.

    (What can I add? Isn’t that damning enough!?! Cap-n-Tax is a hustle, a racket for Al Gore, GE and BP. What a scam.)

    • Fiorina opposed confirmation for the eminently qualified Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Boxer voted for both of Obama’s nominees for the court.

    (And she supported Sotomayor. Kagan did not have the judicial experience. She still doesn’t.)

    Over the past two years, the Senate all too frequently has been an obstacle to Obama’s agenda, with Republicans using filibusters and other parliamentary maneuvers to delay action on major legislation. Boxer has her own fierce partisan streak, but when a banking crisis threatened the world economy, she stepped up and supported the Bush administration. The Troubled Asset Relief Program helped stabilize the markets and the financial industry. Fiorina says it didn’t work.

    (READ: Boxer spent SO MUCH MONEY it made drunken sailors look like rank amateurs.)

    On the issue of free trade with our global partners, Fiorina has it right. But that’s not enough to offset her staunchly conservative views on other issues. And her firing at Hewlett-Packard, and the harsh criticism from some Packard family members, takes a lot of the luster from Fiorina’s business background.

    Our choice for the U.S. Senate was former congressman Tom Campbell. Unfortunately, he finished second in the Republican primary.

    With important issues including education and immigration reform on the agenda for the next Congress, along with a major highway bill, California needs a senator who won’t reflexively oppose any proposal from President Obama. That senator is Barbara Boxer. We hope that in a fourth term, as chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, she will make a bigger mark in Washington.

    (So how’s that “hope and change” thing working out for you?)

    Our borders are overrun, our economy is in the tank, over 100,000 FAMILIES lost their homes to foreclosure in SEPTEMBER alone, and the PD wants us to send this incompetent trough-feeder back? Really!?! At least let’s hope the voters don’t wear the blinders the Editorial Board does.

  14. Steve Gullis says:

    I don’t know what the PD has been watching, but Boxer is a no vote in California and Sonoma County.

    Carly Fiorina supports job development, cutting government waste and fraud, smaller government and economic growth.

    All things Boxer has opposed during her tenure in Congress. She is an old fashion progressive and at 70 years old, needs to be drawing that government pension, not representing the good people of California.

    Boxer is not right on the issues and never has been. She is wrong on cap and trade, stimulus bailout, health care and government deficits. Boxer is a big spending, big government, incumbent who has helped in a big way to bring on this deep, deep recession.

    As someone once said, “its all about the economy and jobs.” Boxer is a NO on both.

    Lets get beyond Boxer. Give California and the country a chance.

    Vote YES on Carly Fiorina, she is going to make a great Senator.

  15. VOTE FOR CARLEY says:

    Cap and trade legislation as well as AB 32 will be further job killers based on very questionable sources- just what we don’t need at this time, yet Boxer wants to pass them. Is this really more in keeping with the majority of California’s voters? It seems that the press democrat did not do their homework but just guessed which candidate would represent most Californian voters.

    Don’t follow the herd.
    Think for yourselves, and make your vote count. Let’s not stay in the same downward rut that is bankrupting California.

    Fiorina was not my first choice in the primary election, but she will be light years better than ” call me senator” Boxer.We don’t need a rubber stamp for Obama’s agenda- we need balance and fiscal restraint and accountability.

    Blaming republicans for stopping president Obama’s agenda is a little disingenuous.The democrats have had a super majority and have been able to pass anything they wanted to under President Obama.( such as the healthcare legislation).They have controlled congress for the past four years and beginning under President Bush’s leadership, our Debt has ballooned out of control.Do we really want more of this tax and spend, and damage your childrens future by loading them with more debt mentality?
    Do we really want illegal immigrants to be allowed to cut in line ahead of those who have waited and gone through the legal channels for entry into our country?
    If so, by all means vote for Barbara Boxer- AGAIN.
    If you are not satisfied with the high unemployment rate, the home forclosures and the lawless borders, then let’s try Fiorina. If she does not meet our standards, vote her out when her term is up. She will not be able to change the abortion laws, even if she wants to, so that is not really a deterrent to getting a new perspective from someone who is not a career politician.

    We desperately need some new leadership in California.

    Vote out the incumbent, career politicians that take us for granted, whether they have a “D” or an “R” next to their name.It is not about the party anymore, it is about citizens holding politicians accountable.

  16. Frank says:

    why am i not surprised by the PD
    No one could credibly count Democrat Barbara Boxer among the most effective members of Congress, despite 18 years in the Senate and 10 in the House of Representatives
    thats why Fiorina has my chad