Endorsements 2010: National races




The San Francisco Chronicle made a stunning — and utterly irresponsible — statement when it refused to endorse either candidate in this race, saying that neither Boxer, the three-term incumbent, nor challenger Carly Fiornia, was qualified for the job. That's insane — this one's as clear and obvious a choice as you could ask for in American politics.

Boxer's one of the leading voices for the progressives in the U.S. Senate. She was an early and stalwart foe of the war in Iraq; she's been good on immigration (even when other Democrats have been ducking); and she's a leading voice for accountability in financial companies. She's finally come around on same-sex marriage and has a perfect record on reproductive rights and labor issues.

Fiornia's chief claim to fame is that she ran one of the nation's top companies, screwed up its history of excellent labor relations, outsourced 30,000 jobs, orchestrated a train wreck of a merger, and was fired. She left with enough of a golden parachute to help finance her campaign for Senate.

Fiorina's anti-choice. She strongly supported Prop. 8 and opposes marriage equality. She's so rabidly seeking the support of the gun nuts that she actually said that people on the federal "no-fly" list should be able to buy handguns. She supports the Arizona anti-immigration law. She's for tax cuts for the rich and can't even figure out if she's supporting or opposing Prop. 23.

This one is a no-brainer. Vote for Boxer.




Woolsey was against the war when her colleague to the south, Nancy Pelosi, was still waffling. She's a consistent voice against cuts in the safety net (and has the distinction of being the only member of Congress who was once on welfare). We're happy to endorse her for another term.




Miller's an East Bay institution, now seeking his 18th term. He's been good and bad on issues — weak at first on the war, bad on education (he supported No Child Left Behind), but generally sound on environmental issues. And this spring, he was willing to publicly challenge Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on a terrible water bill.




It's odd that Pelosi's become such a symbol of liberal Democrats and fodder for the right-wing attack machine. When you look at her record, she's hardly a San Francisco liberal and certainly no progressive. She's not even a strong supporter of same-sex marriage. She was bad on the war for too long and seems far more interested in raising money than representing her constituents. But she did salvage the health care bill, and she's held up as Obama's chief Capitol Hill ally under enormous pressure, and if the Democrats survive with control of the House, she'll stay speaker. If not, she should think about retiring.




Lee became a hero to the peace movement worldwide when she refused after 9/11 to vote to authorize then-President Bush to go to war. She was the only member of either house willing to stand up against what would become the costly and bloody invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. But she's also been a strong supporter of HIV funding, is one of the few members of Congress to show much leadership on poverty issues, and has been elected to chair the Progressive Caucus. We're happy to endorse her for another term.



Does anyone think there is a more important issue than stopping our bloodthirsty, immoral, illegal, counter-productive, unsustainable and stupid wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lord knows how many other countries? How can we fix anything or preserve anything here if we're wasting our wealth by acting like monsters everywhere else? How long will our freedoms last in an imperial police state?

We have a real antiwar candidate running in for Congress in SF. His name is John Dennis. Because he is a Republican, the Guardian endorsed his Democratic opponent without even talking to him. But Nancy Pelosi has orchestrated funding of the wars and occupations under Bush and under Obama, too. John Dennis represents San Francisco values far better than Pelosi does. At least my values, and I'm pretty Left.

Posted by David Spero on Oct. 07, 2010 @ 7:56 am

I was surprised to hear that SFBG did not conduct endorsement interviews for the 8th CD race. Since Dennis does not have a significant chance of winning you could have endorsed him as a protest vote against Pelosi's disappointing war record without really risking the seat going Republican. Instead you forfeited an opportunity to make Pelosi at least somewhat accountable to her own voters. When was the last time she participated in a candidate's forum, or a town hall meeting? Why should she when local media can be relied upon to cover for her?

Posted by Marc Joffe on Oct. 07, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

John Dennis, despite being a Republican, is a peacenik and wants to get rid of the Patriot Act. Vote Pelosi!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 08, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

I was surprised not to see the 12th Congressional District go unmentioned here. As a fairly progressive voter, I can understand why we might want to grumble about the incumbent Democrat in that race, but I would have expected at least an explicit note that you have no endorsement.

I guess you're withholding an endorsement as hard as you can, right?

Posted by j h woodyatt on Oct. 11, 2010 @ 10:09 am

They're almost exclusively preoccupied with the places their writers and staff spend most of their time - which is the Haight, the Mission, the park (when cool events are going on) downtown (but only for protest events protesting "downtown"), the Castro (where they go to show they're "straight but not narrow" but only with their opposite-sex partners), Portrero Hill (for the restaurants) and occasionally Oakland or Berkeley when there's a protest to be covered. Oh - and in the case of Steven Jones - Blackrock, NV and various decompression parties around the city.

The rest of the world to them is one, big blank spot.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Oct. 11, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

I am a very liberal fellow, but Barbara Lee is an embarrassment and should be put to pasture.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 13, 2010 @ 9:27 am

Recently at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco Boxer stated in support of the Obama plan to maintain bases in Iraq indefinitely, "The residual forces that will be left will be aimed at al Qaeda."

So much for the antiwar Boxer.

Posted by Guest Franklin on Oct. 13, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

I'm surprised that the SFBG has not endorsed Jackie Speier in District 12. She certainly deserves progressive support more than Nancy Pelosi. May it was an oversight on your part.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

Actually the rest of the story over Fiornias firing was although the board did not approve of the merger and fired her over it. The merger turned out to be a very profitable deal that saved the company from bankruptcy. Carly knew what she was doing and actually saved the day. Just last summer the board remarked how well it worked out.
Boxer has blasted Fiornia for sending jobs overseas. I have not heard Boxer mention that thousands of CEOs' had to send American jobs over seas after Free Trade was passed something Boxer supported and voted for. Truth be known Free Trade is responsable for the loss of over 5 million American jobs so Boxer needs to keep her mouth shut about who sent jobs over seas. Boxer is resonsable for sending 5 million American jobs overseas I'm not crazy about Carly Fiornia but I have seen what Boxer has done and it's time for real change. I'm voting Carly Fiornia

Posted by Guest on Oct. 21, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

I wish you'd report on the eblematically right-wing Democrat Mike Thompson, who has variously plagued us again and again in the retarded, tortuously-drawn District 1.. with big business slime like these Dems, who needs enemies?

Posted by bakunin on Oct. 27, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

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