The Tuesday, January 19th special election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Ted Kennedy (D-MA) is now too close to call, with the latest polls going in the direction of State Senator Scott Brown (R).
“Impressed with his energy and with hopes for his independence,” the left-leaning newspaper Cape Cod Times today endorsed Scott Brown, even though the paper itself supports Obama’s health care reform plan and cap-and-trade. Their rationale (in part):
This election is about representing the people of Massachusetts on all issues.
While we have common ground with Coakley on some points, we have our concerns about her ability to be effective in Washington based on her underwhelming campaign. With the luxury of being the front-runner since the first day of this race, Coakley has done little to demonstrate her passion for the office and commitment to the people. She squandered an opportunity to show vision but instead has run a campaign that seemed intended to run out the clock.
It is no surprise that Brown has been gaining momentum in a state, even though Democrats outnumber Republicans three to one. He has run an energetic campaign and has been outspoken on the issues. More importantly, however, we believe he is less likely of the two candidates to toe the party line.
Read the whole thing. If you live in Massachusetts, I strongly urge you to vote for Scott Brown this Tuesday. Though I don’t agree with him on everything, he is clearly the more balanced, liberty-leaning, fiscally-responsible, small-government candidate.
HT: Power Line