ECM endorsements

To the editor:

I am a little surprised at ECM Editorial Board’s endorsements for the 6th and 8th Congressional District. The 6th District is conservative, so I would expect you to endorse Bachmann. I understand that Bachmann’s judgment is questionable and that she is not very effective advocate for her district, but the 6th is her base. Yes, Graves would do a better job representing the District. On the other hand, Cravaack hardly represents the values of the 8th District. He has a hard time seeing from his porch in New Hampshire that there are environmentalists and seniors that live in the 8th District. He supports the Ryan budget that would undermine Medicare. He wants to repeal ObamaCare, a program that many of us strongly support. He isn’t from our district. He may own a house in North Branch, but he is not involved in the community and is rarely seen here. Nolan gets my vote. At the same time, I want to thank you for your support for voting no on the constitutional amendment questions. As you pointed out, the marriage amendment is a violation of religious freedom and discriminatory, and the case for the Voter ID has not been made, likely will cost millions to implement, and will not prevent the typical case of voter fraud in Minnesota, voting by a felon. I give you a mixed grade on your endorsements.


Robert G. Walz

North Branch 


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