First the Decatur Daily tells you that Steve Raby has no principles and that will make him a great Congressman…
The Huntsville Times agrees…
I sometimes wonder what exactly is going on at The Huntsville Times. How out of touch with the community is that newspaper? Answer: Very.
Ethical lapses, refusal to discuss issues and outright lies have defined Steve Raby’s run for Congress, this apparently is what The Huntsville Times says we need in Washington DC because that will make Raby good at politics.
FYI: This battle is not about North Alabama alone. This battle is about America.
Here is what they say about Mo Brooks…
Sit down with Mo Brooks and picture him as the District 5 congressman, and several things are immediately clear: He’s focused and well thought-out in his conservative principles. He’s confident and will tell you exactly what he thinks. He’s done his research.
So, he is focused, has strong principles and is honest? This is an endorsement of his opponent right?
And throughout, you expect he is about to put his foot in his mouth.
Show me Mo Brooks putting his foot in his mouth. Lay it out, if it’s so obvious you will lay it out clearly right?
How about the Times candidate of choice Steve Raby….
Sit down with Steve Raby and picture him as the District 5 congressman, and likewise, several things are immediately clear: He speaks strongly about his 30plus years working behind the scenes locally and in Washington on issues important to North Alabama. His consultant work includes more economic development than expected. He’s incredibly uncomfortable as a candidate. And throughout, you wonder if he has a clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to anything.
He’s been a lobbyist, a shady consultant involved in money laundering and questionable campaign tactics and he won’t tell you where he stands? Sounds like A1 leadership material.
Back to Brooks..
If the national climate is what drives your choice, and you want someone who will stand up and vocally blast the other side, Mo Brooks would be your choice.
Damn his principles and passion. Damn him to hell.
Brooks says he knows how to shift between campaign rhetoric and legislative rhetoric. But during our latest editorial board meeting, when asked if he would rule out shouting ‘you lie!’ during a state of the union speech, a la Joe Wilson’s outburst, Brooks said, ‘It depends on how egregious it is.’ That answer illustrates our fear that Brooks may not be able to put partisan politics aside and work in a proactive, productive manner for North Alabama.
This is called a reach folks, I know Mo Brooks, and I would say with a 90%-10% certainty that this was a joke.
Back to The Huntsville Times choice, Steve Raby…
There are a lot of things Steve Raby is not.
He is not a comfortable, shoot-the breeze candidate.
He is not defined by national politics. And he is not clean and free of political baggage as the former operator of four political action committees.
What is Raby?
But none of that sways our opinion that Steve Raby is the best person to successfully represent North Alabama over time in a proactive, bipartisan, hard-working, under-the-radar fashion.
The country at this moment is clearly in a highly charged, partisan firestorm. But success in the District 5 seat has been achieved exactly because a majority of voters in this district recognized that voting for a particular party may feel good in the moment, but the smarter choice is electing representation that builds on past success and can work for our interests longterm, in any political climate.
If the Huntsville Times is stupid enough to believe that we are going back to bipartisan time where people work together they are naive and stupid. The first 6 years of Bush and all GOP were not bi-partisan, when the Democrats took over in ’06 they made it clear they were not going to work in a bi-partisan way and the first two years of Obama and all Democrat control were worse.
Division is the new reality in DC if you consider the last 10 years to be “new”.
Bi-partisanship is what the minority party screams while it is getting crushed and then when they get power they crush the other guys.
Parker Griffith was supposed to be a “Bud Cramer Democrat”, which ignores the reason Bud Cramer left.
That reason: Bi-partisanship is dead.
Parker Griffith will be the first to tell you that you can’t operate that way in DC anymore.
The Huntsville Times needs to grow up and look at the mood in DC, that is what matters.
We need a fighter for the 5th Congressional district, we need Mo Brooks.