Editorial: Stuck in the mud | CraigDailyPress.com

Editorial: Stuck in the mud

The race for Colorado State Senate District 8 between incumbent Jean White and House District 57 challenger Randy Baumgardner has made for good entertainment, but little substance.

Call it bad reality TV for a voting public that needed an informative documentary.

Thankfully, the poor programing ends Tuesday when one of the Republican candidacies concludes in the primary election.

The editorial board is grateful for this fact, and we’re guessing voters are, too, after watching members of the same party smear each other with ugliness.

Their impression of professional, cutthroat Washington, D.C., politicians doing anything they can to secure another term is enough to make editorial board members question whether either GOP member is fit to serve the best needs of District 8.

Northwest Colorado, and by extension our state, is facing critical issues like bolstering a sagging economy and preserving energy industry jobs.

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The primary race for the senate seat could have been a platform for two experienced legislators to engage in a spirited debate of new ideas.

It could have raised the bar on politics instead of giving voters a local example of all that’s wrong on the national stage.

Being above the usual detritus of politics, of course, is something a true leader would have done, someone legitimately concerned about issues and his or her district’s well-being rather than reelection.

No one should confuse either of these candidates with a true leader, or at least not based on their behavior during this campaign.

Baumgardner and White have engaged in a sad war of words, latching onto issues like sex offenses and civil unions, playing to the lowest common denominator in hopes of inciting rather than inspiring voters.

Their behavior has been disappointing, to say the least, and we hope voters have seen through their desperate attempts to cling to office at all costs.

The editorial board encourages whichever candidate moves forward Tuesday to reflect on the path they chose and run a cleaner campaign going into November.

We also believe both candidates owe their constituents an apology for failing to live up to a standard of professionalism, courtesy and fair play that should be expected of all elected officials.

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Editorial board members:

• Al Cashion

— Community representative

• Alisa Corey

— Community representative

• Bryce Jacobson

— Newspaper representative

• Jerry Martin

— Newspaper representative

• Patt McCaffrey

— Community representative

• Joshua Roberts

— Newspaper representative

Our View

The race between Republican candidates Jean White and Randy Baumgardner, vying for Colorado State Senate District 8, thankfully comes to an end Tuesday. Our state, facing desperate times, needs leadership now, not parlor tricks. But instead of new ideas and legitimate debate, Baumgardner and White have given voters smear campaigns.