We all know it would take a lot for the rabidly liberal Roanoke Times editorial board to endorse a conservative Republican. A lot, like in hold-a-gun-to-their-heads lot.
Or, perhaps, in the case of Greg Habeeb's Democratic opponent, it would take very, very little.
Yet there it was, for all the world to see:
Greg Habeeb in the 8th DistrictThis can mean only one thing, of course. And it's not that Greg Habeeb is necessarily that attractive a candidate (although, by all accounts, he is). It's that his opponent must really suck.
If Salem attorney Greg Habeeb succeeds in his effort to replace Morgan Griffith in the House of Delegates, we don't expect to cheer many of his votes.
Habeeb is a deeply conservative individual who believes that, even after years of punishing budget cuts, state government remains too large.
He believes, as he put it when he announced his intent to run for the seat left vacant when Griffith beat Rep. Rick Boucher, that, "Government isn't always the problem, but it is rarely the solution."
We disagree with him vehemently on both of those fundamental notions and, we suspect, on many other issues he would face as a delegate.
Despite that, we believe he is the better candidate in the Jan. 11 election, and we are recommending that voters of the 8th District send him to Richmond. [link]
So we search the editorial ...
... and search ...
... and, by golly, finally, there in the fourteenth paragraph, we learn the real story:
His opponent, Democrat Ginger Mumpower, failed to impress. She lacked specific answers on vital policy questions, such as transportation funding, and seemed ill-prepared to serve.Translated, that means Mumpower must have been bad. Really bad. Godawful bad.
Her only experience in political office was on the Radford City Council back in the mid-'80s. She might have been better served by taking another shot at a local office before running for the General Assembly.
How it must have pained the board members at the Times to have to sit down and write that endorsement. Of a conservative!
I can only smile. And congratulate Habeeb on his good fortune.
Assuming the Times endorsement doesn't scare away every sane voter in the 8th House District.
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The Habeeb campaign has released the following to the press:
The Roanoke Times offered an endorsement of Greg Habeeb, the Republican candidate for the 8th District House of Delegates seat, in its Wednesday, January 5 edition.It's all yours, man. Go. And make us proud.
The Roanoke Times called Habeeb a “deeply conservative individual” who “did not attempt to hide who he was” during its editorial board interview.
“I am pleased that the Roanoke Times recognizes that my conservative beliefs make up the backbone of who I am,” said Habeeb. “But they also know that I am a leader who will work across party lines to get things done. I do not expect us to always agree, but I am happy that they see me as the best candidate for the job.”
The editorial board acknowledged it will likely have further disagreements with Habeeb on important issues like the state budget and the general role of government, but still believes “he is the better candidate in the Jan. 11 election, and we are recommending that voters of the 8th District send him to Richmond.”
“This election is about the people of Salem and Roanoke County, and I will work for them as a member of the House of Delegates,” said Habeeb. [received via email]