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Support McKeon for Congress

Posted: October 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.

More than ever, the leaders we elect this November must be held accountable every day by us and they must know that we won’t put up with political shenanigans that don’t help anyone. The party line just won’t cut it anymore, our leaders must be told. Republicans and Democrats must represent all people, regardless of their party — and all our leaders must work constructively to solve problems.

This is what we are telling Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon today as we endorse him for the 25th Congressional District.

McKeon has been a congressman for our district for 20 years. A decent man, he has been a good foot soldier for the Republican Party and its ideals, representing a majority of the citizenry in our valley. He has been a master at constituent relations, helping local citizens individually to get answers to their questions and solve any problems they have with the federal government. Many constituents feel that they can call his office and McKeon will respond. And this is the main reason we endorse his re-election.

We also endorse him because the congressman has been a champion of business, especially the aerospace industry, which is such an important part of our economy. He has a powerful post as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. We believe that this has raised his profile in Congress and with that has increased the Santa Clarita Valley’s access to power.

McKeon has his failings, however. His inability to get any legislation through on the Cemex mine issue over many years has alienated many local citizens. His refusal to even introduce legislation in the last Congress because of a fierce loyalty to a Republican ban on earmarks has infuriated many people here. They feel he has put party over his people and may have become out of touch with our valley considering his long tenure in Washington.

His 11th-hour introduction last month of a solution to the mine issue by in essence seeking a study of the issue is weak and McKeon staff’s attempted manipulations of local politics in the past has been distasteful to many in our valley.

But McKeon’s challenger, Lee Rogers, has failed to persuade us that he would be a better representative than our current congressman.

Rogers’ campaign has been little more than a series of bomb-throwing attacks on McKeon without giving voters many ideas as to how he would be a better representative for the Santa Clarita Valley. Rogers is obviously a smart man with impressive accomplishments, but we don’t believe that he would be an effective congressman. He must offer many more details to convince us he’s a better alternative.

This year, more than any other, we believe that the choices that we make on Election Day could begin to transform things in California and in Washington. We must stop the gridlock and we need to tell the people we vote for that they must do all they can to work with both sides of the aisle to make things better.

We support McKeon, but we want to see real solutions coming from him concerning Cemex — without any political strings attached.

We want him to return to being more of a Santa Clarita guy rather than a Washington guy. If our congressman is unwilling to do this, we believe he should consider retirement after this term.



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