ICYMI: Foster's Daily Democrat Editorial
"We are greatly impressed by Dan Innis"
Manchester, NH - The following editorial appeared in the April 26, 2014 Foster's Daily Democrat newspaper.
Dan Innis has the bona fides
We are greatly impressed by Dan Innis in his quest to replace our current U.S. representative from the 1st Congressional District, Carol Shea-Porter.
Innis, a Republican primary candidate, is everything Shea-Porter is not.
He is pro-business.
Tax policy should incentivize, not penalize.
He believes smaller government is better government.
He believes in less federalism and more states' rights.
Individuals know better how to spend their own money.
The disaster called ObamaCare is only going to get worse.
We could go on, but by now you get the point.
Innis' campaign is also an effort to repair much of what is wrong in Washington, D.C., and in particular the House of Representatives, which sports a lower favorability rating than the guy on the corner trying sell you the Brooklyn Bridge.
During an editorial board meeting on Thursday, Innis spoke in clear, understandable terms about the problems facing the nation and the need for cooperation between the parties. He made no attempt to camouflage the fiscal cliff facing our nation when it comes to the debt and deficit. Left unchecked as Congress has done, interest payments on the national debt - driven by repeated deficits - will continue to eat away at other needed spending until nothing is left.
He understands that leaving Medicare and Social Security on autopilot to spend at will is destined to bite us in the financial tuchas.
Unlike Democratic Party foot soldiers, Innis understands minor fixes will not put the country back on track. There needs to be a game plan - a 5- to 10-year strategy that will put our nation's finances on an even and affordable footing.
As voters try to decide if Innis is right for the job, we think they will be impressed with his resume: raised in a working class family, successful business entrepreneur, well-respected educator and former dean of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire.
This diverse background may be why Innis is appealing to a broad range of supporters, including Republican icons Doug and Stella Scamman as well as Ruth Griffin.
While obviously being impressed with Innis and his candidacy, we must offer the usual disclaimer. Our words here are not an endorsement. Innis is challenging former Congressman Frank Guinta for the Republican primary nomination. With the primary not until Sept. 9, there is plenty of time remaining before we make that decision.
In the meanwhile, we encourage Innis and Guinta will go head to head in a series of debates to better draw out the difference in their candidacies. Such debates will help introduce Innis to primary voters and to reintroduce Guinta who took some time off after narrowly losing the 2012 contest.