MANCHESTER - Senator John Sununu has been endorsed by the Nashua Telegraph, one of the Granite State's leading newspapers. The publication had endorsed Jeanne Shaheen over then-Congressman Sununu in their first Senate race in 2002.
"Like many of you, we believe these important decisions should be based on what each candidate brings to the table in terms of their qualifications for office: Leadership. Experience. Performance. Character. Those are the key attributes on which wise voting decisions are made. It's for those reasons, then, that The Telegraph today endorses Sununu," writes the Nashua Telegraph.
The Telegraph, which endorsed Shaheen's 1996, 1998 and 2000 gubernatorial campaigns, in addition to her 2002 senatorial campaign, cited Senator Sununu's record of bipartisan accomplishment as a key factor in their decision to back his re-election. After interviewing both of the candidates in separate editorial board meetings, the publication also believed that Senator Sununu clearly had a "better command of the issues," than Jeanne Shaheen.
US Senate Race: Sununu
October 26, 2008
Like many of you, we believe these important decisions should be based on what each candidate brings to the table in terms of their qualifications for office: Leadership. Experience. Performance. Character. Those are the key attributes on which wise voting decisions are made.
It's for those reasons, then, that The Telegraph today endorses Sununu, the son of a former governor and White House chief of staff, for re-election to the U.S. Senate.
After meeting with the two candidates earlier this month and observing them during the yearlong campaign, we believe the 44-year-old engineer has a better command of the issues and is deserving of a return trip to Washington for another six-year term.
As you might expect, our editorial board fully anticipated this to be a difficult decision. After all, we have been longtime supporters of Shaheen, backing her initial bid for the state's corner office in 1996 and her re-election bids in 1998 and 2000.
Truth be told, we also endorsed her over Sununu in the 2002 race for the Senate seat, which became available after Sununu - then a three-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives - ousted incumbent Sen. Robert Smith in the GOP primary.
But Sununu has grown significantly during the past six years, living up to his billing by Time magazine several years ago as one of the five "up-and-comers" in the Senate.
At the time, the magazine cited him for his work on lobbying-reform legislation and for challenging the Bush administration to strengthen civil-liberties provisions in the Patriot Act prior to its reauthorization.
In today's supercharged partisan atmosphere on Capitol Hill, a willingness to work with members of the other party to get things accomplished is absolutely critical.
[W]e believe the state's junior senator has taken some important strides in recent years to work in a more bipartisan fashion - an approach that will be absolutely critical if this nation is going to have any chance of solving its most pressing problems.