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October 20, 2004

Dallas Morning News Endorses Frost

By Byron LaMasters

I rag on the Dallas Morning News a lot, because, well - they're one of the most conservative, right-wing major daily newspapers in the country. They endorsed Martin Frost today, because the CD 32 race is one where it's basically impossible for an independent, unbiased person to look at the race and support Pete Sessions. Martin Frost is a 26 year incumbent with a distinguished record of delivering for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, whereas Pete Sessions is an right-wing ideologically driven backbencher. The contrast could not be starker. Here are some excerpts of their endorsement:

This is a choice we shouldn't have to make. Yet at House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's insistence, the Texas Legislature drew 13-term Democratic veteran Martin Frost out of his longtime congressional district and into the district represented by four-term GOP Rep. Pete Sessions. [...]

On balance we recommend Mr. Frost because:

He has a longer and stronger record of going to bat for the region on local issues. Mr. Frost was one of the first in Congress to advocate funding Dallas Area Rapid Transit, back when the idea of mass transit in Dallas seemed as far-fetched as snow in the summertime. He also led the way on Pinnacle Park and repairs to the Dallas Naval Air Station that helped retain thousands of Vought Aircraft jobs. He led efforts to mediate American Airlines' negotiations with its unions last year to avert bankruptcy.

He worked with a coalition of business and environmental interests – and several Republican county judges – to block efforts to shield Ellis County's industries from the same pollution standards applied in other industrialized North Texas counties. Mr. Sessions didn't.

Mr. Frost voted for measures to tighten the federal government's belt in the mid-1990s, helping turn deficits into surpluses – a brand of fiscal discipline that is sorely needed again. Mr. Sessions believes that by making President Bush's tax cuts permanent, trimming waste, accelerating the depreciation of business assets and limiting medical malpractice awards, the nation can grow its way out of the deficit. That's not enough.

Mr. Frost has been in Congress longer than any other incumbent Texas representative – or any other Southern Democrat, for that matter. He ranks 28th in seniority in the 435-member House, making his experience and clout especially valuable – whichever party is in control.

Mr. Frost has voted more often in accordance with our editorial recommendations – including votes for stringent clean-air measures, for shallower tax cuts than the president sought and against a pork-laden energy bill – where Mr. Sessions took the opposite tack.

Mr. Frost is a moderate who has shown his ability to work across party lines. Mr. Sessions, by comparison, is known as both more ideological and more partisan.

Mr. Frost has a reputation as a fierce and savvy tactician, which makes him somebody you like to have on your side. Case in point: delivering money for a vital second DART rail line in downtown Dallas – a continuation of his longtime support for mass transit.

[...] We recommend that voters return Martin Frost to Congress. The election is Nov. 2. Early voting ends Oct. 29.

There's no comparison...

Posted by Byron LaMasters at October 20, 2004 11:04 AM | TrackBack

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