In the Democratic primary for US Senate, Burnt Orange Report endorses Maxey Scherr, as she is the most progressive candidate in the race.
Our staff was divided between Scherr and Dr. David Alameel. While we appreciate that Alameel's substantial personal wealth provides him the means to run a professional campaign, and appreciate that John Cornyn has already taken to attacking Alameel, on the balance we believe that Scherr is the better choice for progressive Democratic voters.
Scherr, an El Paso native, is an attorney and single mom whose campaign has focused on John Cornyn's choice to go on “Cruz Control,” essentially giving our extremist junior senator two votes in the upper chamber of Congress. Her populist, progressive rhetoric is welcome in a state where non-performing Democrats need a reason to come out and vote for someone.
This endorsement is not without reservations, however. Our staff remembers all too vividly the lackluster campaign of Paul Sadler, and are nervous that an under-funded candidate cannot mount a sufficiently professional effort in Texas, a large and expensive state. However, we believe that Scherr's team and candidate herself will dedicate themselves to running the strongest, most professional operation possible. And if they do not, they will certainly hear from us on the pages of this website.
Of the two leading candidates in this race, Alameel and Scherr, Scherr is the more progressive of the two, and when given an option we would rather see more women on the ballot. Our endorsement goes to Scherr.
Early Voting: February 18-February 28, 2014 | Election Day: Tuesday March 4
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Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff with any conflict of interest in a given race abstain from voting on that race.