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Why did the ECM board endorse Paulsen?
Posted by SD48 DFL Communications Team in Letters to the Editor, News
There is hardly any reason to doubt that the ECM Publishers Editorial Board has the best intentions when endorsing candidates for office (“Why endorse? Newspapers have unique access to candidates for an insider’s perspective,” Nov. 13).
I could not agree more that constituents need to be accurately informed about a candidate’s votes and positions at least on key issues.
Having said that, I took exception to the board’s endorsement of Erik Paulsen for Congress in Congressional District 3.
He voted for the largest non-defense spending cut in American history in 2011 and always wants to reign in wasteful spending. Yet, Paulsen is against reducing our bloated military budget containing numerous wasteful items. Much of this money could be used to support homeless veterans, which comprise one-third of all homeless in America.
Earlier this year, he voted to gut the nation’s hazardous waste regulations and is against federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions but for offshore drilling.
Regarding health care, Paulsen distorted and misrepresented outcomes of a public option while voting for Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget destroying Medicare and for repealing the Affordable Care Act.
He has voted for dramatic cuts to domestic and international family planning, against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act in 2012 and against fair pay for women.
While the nation grapples with gun violence, he has refused to make his position known on restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns as he is endorsed by the NRA.
Finally, given the low voter turnout, the congressman has yet to state what, if anything, he specifically has done to help prevent unconstitutional, discriminatory practices disenfranchising voters throughout the country.
With all due respect and in light of the above, it seems to me that Sun Current readers deserve further clarification of the board’s endorsement of Congressman Paulsen.
Bloomington Sun-Current, November 19, 2014
cd3 · Congressman Paulsen · Erik Paulsen · Third Congressional District