EDITORIAL: Raese's Straight Shooting Style a Bonus in Cynical Election Year

HNN Staff
John Raese listens to a voter on the 2012 campaign trail
John Raese listens to a voter on the 2012 campaign trail

If you ask veteran political activist Alice Click what Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Raese's enduring appeal among conservatives in both parties is, the Mason County retiree will quickly tell you:  "That's easy.  John is a straight shooter on the issues.  West Virginians of all stripes like that in a candidate."

Granted, Raese's candid responses have produced some funny moments over the years.  One such moment occured at a rally in Bridgeport where Raese was speaking to promote Voters' Rights, also known as "Initiative, Referendum, and Recall."

Some partisan Democrats at the event yelled at Raese that they were going to tell on him to his Republican Party's state chairman for a remark he had made.

"Oooh, I'm shakin'!" Raese said, causing the crowd to laugh at the lame threat made by the two men. Unfazed, Raese then resumed his remarks.

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Every now and then, an election year comes along that turns conventional political wisdom on its head, especially when it comes to what the people want to hear from their candidates for high office.

For example, in most years, the public wants to hear a more mild form of political discussion between the parties, emphasizing meaningful compromise to move the country along.  A mild, "caring" candidate can do well in such normal times.

But this year, the mood of the electorate clearly indicates a desire for some stronger coffee, as voters try to make ends meet with rising gasoline prices and the constant threat of job loss. 

Yes, 2012 is a whole different ballgame.  Manchin has shown that he "cares" for West Virginia by flip-flopping on promises made in the last election to challenge Obamacare.  Instead, he voted for it. 

Here's another example.  Just months ago, Manchin pledged undying loyalty to the principles of West Virginians for Life, only to vote for federal taxpayer support of abortions via Planned Parenthood to the tune of over $330 million--a full third of that controversial organization's national budget. 

This, during a national conversation on reducing federal spending.  What was Manchin thinking? Voters here wondered if Manchin had moved his domicile and was now representing Massachusetts instead of West Virginia. 

In short, Joe Manchin can't talk softly enough to fool West Virginia's voters this time.  Like voters all across America, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents here are ready for an adult conversation about our country's economic situation. 

We don't want gooey, sweet talk from "leaders" like Joe Manchin, who just try to lullaby us to sleep until they gets through this next election.  This election is too important for that this time.

This year, we are ready to hear from a straight shooter, a man who says what he means and means what he says. The only one running for U.S. Senate in West Virginia this year that matches that description is John Raese.  

His truthtelling style can be refreshing to a voting public that appreciates a candidate who respects them as adults.  We're tired of Joe Manchin assuring us that everything us alright and that he's got it under control.  Clearly, that's not the case now.

Manchin doesn't seem connected to us anymore. He's more into hanging out with Barack and Michelle than anything else. He looks like just another scrambling politician, one who simply wants to maintain his power.

And John Raese?  What a contrast.  He doesn't need Manchin's job, but he's willing to take it in order to fight Obama and his administration on behalf of West Virginia. 

Isn't that what a U.S. Senator from West Virginia is supposed to do in times like these?

 

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