We’ll just skip US Senate because it will come as no surprise to anyone that DelawareLiberal is endorsing Joe Biden.
It won’t come as any surprise that DelawareLiberal is endorsing Jack Markell and Matt Denn for Governor and Lt. Governor, respectively. Even though there isn’t much surprise and there isn’t much doubt as to outcome, we do want to say a few words about this race. One of the things that every Democrat (and progressives!) can be proud of is the way that both Markell and Denn have conducted themselves thoughout this campaign. Jack Markell survived a bruising primary with John Carney and survived with his good ideas, dignity and honor intact. While there was plenty of tension (and some incidents that should not have happened) during the primary, Markell always conducted himself with respect for voters and their choices. Denn’s primary was truncated, but he similarly conducted himself with respect and dignity. Honor, respect, dignity and a ton of great ideas for State government are indicators of the kind of temperament and intelligence that would strongly indicate leadership worth trusting in. In contrast, both Bill Lee and Charlie Copeland have conducted themselves in a particularly craven manner — Judge Lee in skipping organized debates and forums during the primary season and both indulging in dishonest advertising (both attack ads and bio ads). Both seem to think that in this election season where Americans have largely decided on having a more serious political debate than usual, that the normal Republican playbook of misrepresenting your opponent’s history, ginning up attacks based on vaporware and trotting out the small government no taxes mantra without having a real plan behind it is simply not enough. Even the idea of splitting up the DN from the REC is an unspeakably small idea at a time when larger, more strategic thinking is needed.
Jack Markell and Matt Denn have demonstrated by their temperament and willingness to engage on issues, as well as by the extensive detail of their plans for governing, that they have more than earned the trust and confidence that the state will be in good hands over these next four challenging years.
Delaware Liberal Endorsement: Karen Hartley Nagle
Delaware Liberal enthusiastically endorses Karen Hartley Nagle and believes that all Democrats and all people who put a premium on good government vote for her. Karen’s opponent in the race, Mike Castle, has been a disaster for this state siding with George Bush for the past eight years while claiming to be a moderate. During his time in Congress, Castle has been a useless non-entity as banks deregulated themselves into obscene profits through the 90’s and us into economic calamity.
His voting record is nothing less than horrendous where it concerning the major issues that faced the Congress. Mike Castle is either too old or too beholden to the far right wing of the Republican party to continue representing the deep blue Democratic state of Delaware in the US Congress. There is no need to argue about why he sucks as long as we all agree that he sucks.
Even if Hartley Nagle losses this election it is important for every Democrat to vote against Castle in order to register disapproval of Castle’s voting record and to make it easier for someone to beat Castle in the future.