David Anderson, a Republican who’s running to defeat Gordon Fox (the incumbent Democrat in my House district), is not a candidate I would normally endorse, support, or vote for. He’s a conservative with a pro-life agenda, both of which are usually enough to turn me away.
(I respect the guy for responding to these questionnaires, and others, in a thoughtful, forthright, and open manner. Such transparency is altogether uncommon in today’s politics. As a voter with a blank slate in Rhode Island politics, I was hoping to find some reason to split my ticket this year. But I saw little on his web site that I could support.)
However, Mr. Anderson has lost any chance of earning my vote with an e-mail message he sent to fellow members of the GOP, in which he said (emphasis added):
For the past three Presidential elections, I have been able to take an active role in the campaigns, but this year is different.
I want to help John McCain, but my own candidacy requires that I stay here where I have a small chance of unseating the Democrat Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.
So my thoughts go to those of you who are near PA and might be able to spend a day or two in PA to help John McCain there.
I have never been so worried about a candidate’s experience, honesty, and intentions as I am about Mr. Obama. I think he might win, not based on his platform and record, but on the generosity of voters who think it is time to give a “minority guy a break.” It’s an affirmative action impulse taken too far.
Please pass this along to others as you see fit.
I would like to urge Mr. Anderson to spend some time driving through the district he hopes to represent. I want him to count up all the Obama lawn signs he sees and all the McCain lawn signs he sees. I know from my own experience of getting to know my neighborhood/district, I see far more Obama signs.
And I want Mr. Anderson to ask himself one important question: why does he want to represent a district that he thinks is as naive as this?
And I want Mr. Anderson to know that I am asking myself an important question: why should I vote for a man who thinks his hoped-for constituents are as naive as this?