This newspaper didn't endorse Republican Dave Reichert for the 8th Congressional District House race two years ago because he then faced a bright, terribly well-informed Democrat whose votes we believed would better represent the district and serve the nation.
This time, Reichert faces an even more substantial Democratic challenger in Darcy Burner.
Nonetheless, we believe it's only responsible to be able to first make a case for removing and incumbent, no matter how impressive the challenger.
Reichert is a man seemingly pulled into elective office, first when the King County sheriff's position to which he had been appointed was changed to an elected office, and then when asked to run for Congress, largely on the strength of his fame in the Green River case.
Once in Washington, D.C., to his credit, Reichert bucked House leadership and President Bush on some controversial votes, including stem cell research and the disgraceful business of Terri Schiavo.
But Reichert has been on the wrong side of votes regarding minimum wage, tax cuts, Tom DeLay's ethics and, most recently, detention and trial of foreign detainees.
Burner, a former Microsoft manager, is as informed in her views as she is forceful in delivering them. Frankly, at a P-I Editorial Board session, it was difficult to tell who was the incumbent because her answers carried weight.
From how to balance the federal budget (and how urgent it is to do so) to how crucial it is to reduce human contributions to global climate change to Congress' role in Iraq war policy, Burner has the better grasp of the issues and the greater passion to deal with them.
Friday, October 20, 2006
"P-I Endorsement: Burner is better"
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER EDITORIAL BOARD: