Sherow for House
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., likes to tout his distaste for the Washington establishment. He would rather fight for real Americans, or at least that is what he has claimed since being elected to Congress four years ago.
While he appears unaware or unphased, his my-way-or-the-highway approach has proven ineffective. As such, the Big First District has been without a true representative for almost four years.
Huelskamp has worked hard to earn his alienated status. It isn't uncommon for extremists from either party to refuse to work with those across the aisle, which certainly fits in this case. And he certainly won't support anything with President Barack Obama's name attached. But Huelskamp can't even work with his own party, and was kicked off both the House agriculture and budget committees as his reward.
So what has his self-described Kansas common sense done for this state? Not much.
He votes against the farm bill. He votes against wind energy development and the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility. He votes against constitutionally mandated increases in the nation's allowable debt load. He votes against the EPA attempting to keep air, land or water free of pollution.
He votes for items as well. More than 60 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, for example. Huelskamp is adamant marriage should be exclusively for one man and one woman. He is for shutting down the government, harming the economy and cutting benefits to needy persons. He is for more restrictions on reproductive rights and fewer on guns. And he will be for giving Kansas state government control over all Medicare funds, allowing fixed-income senior citizens to be pawns in the faux fight against Obamacare.
Just with these few examples, there are very few residents of the First District who have not been adversely affected by Huelskamp's actions. Huelskamp is hoping a majority of us will vote against our best self-interests if given the opportunity to support a flag-waving, fetus-saving, homophobic obstructionist.
We will not be counted in that camp, which is why we support Democrat Jim Sherow in the general election.
Rather than handcuff himself by signing a no-tax pledge, Sherow has vowed to become part of the non-partisan "no labels" faction that will work to find solutions. The history professor at Kansas State University, Air Force veteran and former mayor of Manhattan will reclaim the House ag seat, which Kansas had taken away simply because the current representative couldn't play well with others.
Sherow believes immigration reform needs to take place, not simply be ignored while thousands continue crossing our border. He thinks tax rates can be reduced if large corporations actually are forced to pay taxes, and that spending can be brought under control sensibly instead of with sequestration and automatic cuts. He supports an all-of-the-above approach to energy production and equal rights for all Americans.
Best of all, Sherow has experience getting things accomplished. A drive through downtown Manhattan confirms that. He understands elected leaders need to work together, set aside differences and concentrate on the more critical issues at-hand.
The First District of Kansas needs representation. Congress needs another voice of sanity to get the people's business done and end the crippling gridlock. Sherow fits that winning profile.
We endorse Jim Sherow for Kansas' First District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 4 general election.
Editorial by Patrick Lowry