New York state is not in play this year for Republicans when it comes to the races for United States president and senator. We endorse the Democratic incumbents in both races, President Barack Obama and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and they will win the state easily. But we urge New Yorkers not to be complacent: Get out and vote. A strong showing matters, and wherever you happen to live, there may be other, smaller races and ballot initiatives that will affect your community.
For our readers in Western Massachusetts, there is more at stake in your Senate race. It now looks as if Elizabeth Warren is pulling away from Republican Sen. Scott Brown, who won the seat two years ago after the death of Ted Kennedy. While Brown is actually the kind of moderate Republican we can live with—and with the retirement of Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), moderate Republicans are, sadly, becoming a dying breed—there is no reason to pass up the chance to elect Warren, both to ensure that Democrats retain an edge in the Senate and because the smart, principled Warren—a staunch consumer-protection advocate—is poised to become one of the most progressive members of that body. So if you support Warren, leave nothing to chance: Get out and vote for her!
In local races for U.S. Congress, we endorse Democrat Paul Tonko for reelection in the 21st district; he too will win easily. In the more conservative 20th district, we endorse Democratic challenger Julian Schreibman over incumbent Republican Chris Gibson, who, among other things, opposes federal funding of Planned Parenthood. While Gibson still has a lead, polls show the race to be tightening as it comes to the wire.
Finally, we would like to endorse two candidates in local races who already received our stamp of approval in their Democratic primaries: Patricia Fahy for New York Assembly District 109, and Neil Breslin for New York State Senate District 44.
Get out and vote!