EDITORIAL: Governor's Race? What Governor's Race?

HNN Staff
EDITORIAL:  Governor's Race?  What Governor's Race?

Maybe the candidates for Governor of West Virginia know something we don't, but frankly, we've never seen a more dead Governor's race than this one.  We're willing to wager that 80% of West Virginia registered voters couldn't even name both of the candidates who will be on the Special Election ballot on Saturday, October 4th, less than two months away.

Now one could chalk up this lack of interest in this important race to voter apathy. Certainly, this is a growing problem across the country, not just here, as people disgusted with their state and federal governments get less connected to them.

However, American politicians worth their salt know that it is their first job to arouse the conscience of the public, to stir them to action, or at the very least to relate their agenda to the public's primary needs in any election.  Without the candidates to voice their agendas, draw their differences with each other, and alert us to what they see as important issues facing the voters, the public will have little reason to get excited, let alone vote.

Perhaps Messrs. Tomblin and Maloney are both cynical enough to think that a low voter turnout can help their respective candidacies.  Under this theory, one's hardcore supporters will outnumber the other guy's friends, resulting in a lame victory but a victory nevertheless.

But that's no way to govern.  A low voter turnout, no matter the percentage of votes, is hardly a mandate for any Governor to go forward confidently before the legislature next January with any kind of program.

We don't know when this race is going to finally get off the ground, but the people are starved for leadership these days.  A wide open gap is there for either man to score some touchdowns on the issues--if they have any ideas to offer, that is.






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