I’ve long considered myself primarily a libertarian politically, but several years ago I registered as a Republican in order to vote in primary elections for offices I otherwise wouldn’t be able to. For instance, in November, I’ll probably vote for whichever Republican makes it through the primary to oppose Harry Reid in the Senate. But which contender will it be? Unless I’m registered as a Republican, I wouldn’t have a say. So that’s pretty much why I’m a Republican.
Early voting for our primary election started today, and I’ve spent the last week doing my homework. Two lessons here:
- If you’re running for office and someone googles you just days before voting starts, and nothing comes up about you–not an interview, not a newspaper article, not a web ste, nothing, as if you aren’t even running, as if you don’t even exist–I will assume you’re not serious and will not consider you.
- If you flout endorsements, make sure the organizations themselves have a useful online presence. One seemingly worthy group giving endorsements in this primary also brings up nothing via google, and when I called the office number given on the letter reproduced on the web site of some candidates, a secretary told me there was no material to send me, and no regular meetings of their group. Also, it looks bad if you advertise inconsistent endorsements: so a constitutional conservative group endorses you, and the SEIU? I’m not sure what to make of that.
And here is the final list of offices open and candidates to be voted on in my county.
And here are the people I recommend:
UNITED STATES SENATE
I just wrote a post recently defending Sue Lowden, and I definitely do like her, but one person in this race definitely stands head and shoulders above the rest. Sharron Angle’s experience, the long list of quality endorsements she can credit herself with, and the fact that her ideas are the most consistently conservative all convinced me to go with her. Even after that, yesterday on the way home from work I heard her on the Jerry Doyle show when he asked how she would bring to Nevada the kind of influence and special favors that Harry Reid can get with his authority.
“I won’t,” Angle said in effect, explaining that Nevadans don’t want pork and earmarks for themselves; they just want to keep their money, and have the laws enforced and borders protected. Awesome.
Vote for: Sharron Angle
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, DISTRICT 1