Sunday, October 15, 2006
The right man for the job
The Morning Journal endorses:
In the Senate, Brown can continue to press for the interests of working families, senior citizens and veterans. His expertise in health care and trade issues will be a valuable addition to the Senate as the nation continues its struggle with rising medical costs and a job-draining global economy.
Agree with him or not, Brown's opposition to the Iraq War and his views on security issues are thoughtful and a much-needed contribution as the nation navigates its way through the new perils of the 21st century world.
Winning election to the Senate requires support from all across the state, not just Brown's familiar turf in and around Lorain County. But this area's problems with lost jobs, a fraying infrastructure, economic uncertainty, runaway costs for health care and higher education are familiar problems all over Ohio. Brown understands those problems and he is committed to finding solutions that will be good for ordinary people.
These qualities that voters in Lorain County have found so valuable in Sherrod Brown should easily resonate with voters from the shore of Lake Erie all the way to the banks of the Ohio River.
That common interest adds strength to the statewide recognition Brown carries from his days as Ohio Secretary of State. As a consequence, Brown has given incumbent Republican Sen. Mike DeWine a close, hot race. That indicates Ohio is restless and ready for leadership of a kind not seen for more than a decade.
Mike DeWine has had 12 years to do his best for Ohio in the U.S. Senate. Now, our sense is that Ohioans want to do better. From all we've seen of Sherrod Brown close-up over the past 14 years, he is now the man for the job.