Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gazette Endorses John Delaney, John Sarbanes & Chris Van Hollen for Congress // Transit Support Highlighted by Editors

Today, The Gazette has endorsed all three Democrats running for the three Congressional districts in Montgomery County:
  • CD3: John Sarbanes
  • CD6: John Delaney
  • CD8: Chris Van Hollen
Below, Maryland Juice flags key excerpts from the editorial board endorsements, including statements highlighting differences between the candidates on support for transit and the Purple Line (excerpt below):
GAZETTE: Bartlett also was criticized by other Republican challengers during the primary for failing to have much significant legislation to show for two decades in Congress. Some of his opponents said it was time for a change, for fresh ideas for a fresh new district. They were right, which is why Delaney is the best choice to represent the district....

The incumbent, Rep. Christopher Van Hollen, the Democrat from Kensington is the best choice for the newly minted district. For 10 years, Van Hollen has worked his way up the congressional ranks... These points on his resume will be reasons for his Montgomery constituents to send him to Washington for a sixth term. They’ll cheer his pro-choice voting record and his support for the Purple Line mass-transit line... The most viable Van Hollen challenger is Republican Ken Timmerman.... He opposes the Purple Line and the Affordable Care Act....

The 3rd district, which now includes an oddly shaped chunk of east-central Montgomery and stretches to the Chesapeake to the east, the incumbent Democrat John Sarbanes stands out. Sarbanes is an avid supporter of quality public education, has called for sweeping campaign finance reform, supports mass transit and has vowed to restore faith in government....

You can read the full length Gazette endorsements online.

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