Well, it’s been a brawl.
The race for the 4th Congressional District between CSU alumnae Angie Paccione and Marilyn Musgrave was certainly not a shining example of the American system of politics.
In fact, it was the stereotypical attack-laden slugfest that has made so many Americans cynical about politics.
So neither candidate, in our eyes, is a role model for civility.
Yet, it’s easy to get caught up in the horserace while ignoring substance.
And on the substantive issues, make no mistake about it, these two candidates are worlds apart.
It’s because of this that we believe Angie Paccione is clearly the best candidate for the job.
First and foremost, she was a passionate advocate of Referendum C.
If the ballot measure would have failed, tuition would have been jacked up by, depending on some estimates, upward of 30 percent.
Musgrave opposed it.
We believe any candidate who opposed a measure that would cause draconian cuts to the state’s higher education system has no business representing us.
On a national level, Musgrave’s position has towed the president’s line on Iraq.
“If we leave now, we will embolden the terrorists,” she said last night.
That’s so three years ago, Marilyn.
Thousands of Americans have been killed, and tens of thousands have been mangled, not to mention countless thousands of Iraqis.
It’s time for more than just simplistic “stay the course” sound bytes.
Locally and nationally, it’s time for change in the representation of our district.