The Denver Post endorsed GOP challenger Ryan Frazier over two-term incumbent Rep. Ed Perlmutter in the 7th Congressional District:
Colorado’s 7th Congressional District is evenly divided among Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters.
But its congressman, Democrat Ed Perlmutter, doesn’t reflect that ideological diversity.
Since he was first elected in 2006, Perlmutter has been a solid vote for the Democratic majority in Congress, and has supported the Obama administration’s over-reaching agenda. He voted for the cap-and-trade bill that would drive up energy costs as well as health care reform that will drive up costs, the so-called “card check” bill and the nearly $1 trillion stimulus.
His opponent, Republican Ryan Frazier, is a conservative whose votes may not end up reflecting the district’s blend of ideological diversity either, but we think it’s time for new blood in Congress.
We’ve long been advocates for split government, believing that America is better served when one party doesn’t control Washington. Electing Frazier would help restore some of that balance.
Key points of the endorsement of Frazier:
Frazier also has thoughtful ideas on cutting spending, including reductions in military outlays.
We realize he is likely to be a reliable Republican vote in Congress but we’re hopeful he would surprise voters occasionally. On the Aurora council, he voted to extend benefits to same-sex partners and showed some independence when he authored a letter critical of Republican Gov. Bill Owens regarding Homeland Security spending.
When he talks about illegal immigration, he’s not a fire-breather, admitting that it would be “inhumane to round people up.”
To be sure, Perlmutter, a financial policy expert, has been a hard-working, able congressman and he knows the district better than most. If voters want to push forward with Obama’s agenda, he’s your guy.
But if you’re looking for balance, as we are, send Frazier to Washington. [emphasis added]