Election choices

Cool-headed, smart, committed to fairness and balanced solutions, Barack Obama should be re-elected president. The economy was in free-fall when President Obama took office — markets collapsing, banking in crisis, jobs vanishing. He stabilized it, turned it around. The recovery hasn’t gained steam as most Americans would like, but there are worldwide economic headwinds, and the president has been hampered by shamelessly partisan and intransigent Republican opposition. President Obama got the country out of one ill-advised war he inherited, and is managing a difficult but responsible exit from the second. Facing a second Obama term, responsible Republicans will regain control of their party and complete the kind of sensible deficit deal — spending cuts and tax increases —that the president offered more than a year ago.

For the U.S. Senate, Democrat Chris Murphy, a three-term congressman who also served in Connecticut’s legislature, is a proven advocate for society’s less fortunate and a strong voice against military adventurism. He is far preferable to Republican Linda McMahon, whose chief qualification for office appears to be having made so much money in her professional wrestling empire that she can slime whomever she runs against with a barrage of TV attacks. Voters wouldn’t let her buy a Senate seat two years ago, and they shouldn’t now.

Congressman Jim Himes, a thoughtful moderate Democrat, has represented southwestern Connecticut admirably. The nonpartisan Concord Coalition honored him as one of 38 members of Congress — 22 Democrats and 16 Republicans — to vote for a budget based on the Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction plan. Send him back to vote for sensible compromise again.

For state Senate, Republican Toni Boucher has been a hard-charging advocate for 26th District towns on issues ranging from education to train service. She’s instinctively conservative, she listens and she works hard.

For state representative, veteran Republican legislator John Frey has earned another term. Democratic challenger Jeff Bonistalli has been a fresh voice, and has run the kind of clean campaign that should make Ridgefield proud. But that’s not reason enough for Ridgefielders to abandon Mr. Frey, a 13-year veteran and the kind of quiet, commonsense legislator who earns his colleagues’ respect — and puts it to work for his constituents.

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  • Delving

    Good calls, Mack. You’re batting 1,000.

    Spot-on call about Linda McMahon. I worked for WWF (as it was once known) in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Linda ran the company; Vince, her husband, was the emcee-in-charge. The skinny around Stamford HQ was how awful she was to injured wrestlers. They were immediately let go without compensation or decent health benefits to recuperate from their injuries. Frightening woman.

    As for Jeff Bonistalli, my husband and I met him at the Dem’s office in town on Election Night. Charming fellow, full of earnest intent and a bright future. I wish him well, though I voted for John Frey for all the reasons you state.

    After a week without power, heat, water or cable, my family woke up the day after the election to wonderful news all around — particularly that of our re-elected President. Hooray!

  • henryglawson

    Ahh, yes. Mack Reid’s voting recommendations. I was undecided until I came across this article. Once I fully understood the depth of Mr. Reid’s political expertise, especially on the national stage, I was immediately swayed to vote for Mr. Obama based on Reid’s description of him as “…cool-headed, smart…”. I always wondered why Mr. Reid didn’t move on to bigger newspapers, like the NYT or WP.

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