Who should get your vote on November 4 for U.S. Congress in Missouri’s 2nd District? The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recommends Democrat Arthur Lieber, calling him a principled progressive.
“We recommend that 2nd District voters choose Democrat Arthur Lieber of Creve Coeur,” says the editorial, published on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.
The editorial criticizes Lieber’s opponent, Republican incumbent Ann Wagner, for being a no-show candidate.
“She appears in controlled settings for photo-ops with friendly faces. She avoids going anywhere near her opponents,” says the Post-Dispatch. “Good luck asking about it: The contact number listed on her campaign’s website is not a working number. The email address for media inquiries gets you a 404 error message.”
There’s also a dramatic contrast between Lieber and Wagner in the fundraising department, notes the Post-Dispatch. While Wagner has raised $2.9 million for a campaign that is spending virtually nothing in her district, Lieber has been accepting donations of just $10.10 per person—“that being the amount of the hourly minimum wage that Democrats in Congress hope to enact.”
In the mainstream-media world, where money raised—rather than issues—has become the unfortunate, defacto measure of a candidate’s value, the Post-Dispatch’s editorial offers a note of understanding in Lieber’s battle to reduce the undue influence of big money in politics.
“…he’s right: Campaign money is the root of all evil in politics,” says the editorial. “Arthur Lieber is not afraid to show up and say so.”
Read the full editorial here: