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Tuesday, October 27

Candidate endorsements

Beginning with Thursday's paper, we will be rolling out our endorsements for city offices. As I've noted here before, we interviewed each of the candidates running for office in city races.

The interview process was long, and I felt that in most cases it was fairly thorough. The editorial board, which, in this case, consists of Managing Editor Barbara Lombardo, Assistant Managing Editor Betsy Demars, Publisher Michael O'Sullivan, Web Editor Stephen Shoemaker, and me, met today and picked our four candidates in contested races.

I think each member of the board came into today's meeting with some pre-conceived ideas, and in most cases we were all on the same page. I hope that readers will find our endorsements insightful and useful as you make your own determinations, going into the Nov. 3 election.

Most importantly, don't forget to go vote.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

George "maxstein" McThige endorses:
Kim, Ivins, Martin , connoly.
He also endorses, kaiser soze, frank tomax, sleeping giant and the tarz.

October 28, 2009 at 9:20 AM 
Blogger Stace said...

Hi Andy, try "and I" not and me.
Keep up the great reporting. I think were even on our grammer corrections.

October 28, 2009 at 5:48 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The editorial headline says neither Connolly nor Wirth met the Saratogian's "criterion" for endorsement, but the text didn't say what that criterion is.

Instead, it gave different reasons (i.e., criteria) for shying away from both candidates. For Wirth, the principal objection was that he attends all the City Council meetings but doesn't seem to understand what he hears. For Connolly, it was that he's too concerned about the welfare of city workers.

Since the Saratogian's editorial board refuses to spell out the real criterion, it's up to readers to figure it out. Looks to me like what the paper's really looking for is a stingy, anti-union commissioner who's smart enough, and mean enough, to force city workers into the sorry conditions the paper's own workers are forced to endure: Low pay, lousy health plans, no pensions, little job security, no hope for a real career, and no ability to support a family. Welcome to the third world.

October 30, 2009 at 6:36 AM 
Blogger a3matrix said...

It strikes me as odd that a newspaper would endorse any candidate.
What happened to the idea of objective (unbiased) reporting?
Clearly endorsing candidates reveals bias.
Media (all types) needs to return to unbiased, objective reporting of the news. What is going on these days is polarization of the airwaves and print media and it in the end it does not serve the public good. It merely adds to the mud slinging and controversy.
You want to endorse a candidate? Put it on your lawn. Anything more is an abuse of position.

October 30, 2009 at 10:47 AM 

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