Sunday, October 26, 2008

My picks for the Delaware elections.

I'm sure that the picks of the folks at Delawareliberal will draw much more local attention than mine, but what the hell....

For US Congress I'm voting for Libertarian Mark Anthony Parks and against Republican Mike Castle. There are no end of reasons to vote against Castle at this point, as much as I like him personally. [Truth in advertising: as Governor, back in the early 1990s, Castle appointed me as co-chair of the State Social Studies Curriculum Frameworks Commission.] But Mike has rolled over too many times for the Bush administration despite an image of bipartisanship. He'll win again this year, but he won't get my vote. I'm choosing Mark Parks not just out of party loyalty, but because Mark is a man who keenly believes in limited government, personal freedom, and a non-interventionist foreign policy. He won't win, but I'm hopeful we haven't heard the last from him.

For Governor I'm going to vote for Jack Markell, despite most of his current campaign positions, because I've got confidence in the fact that his fiscal instincts are inherently sound and I've no confidence whatever that Bill Lee is even paying attention.

For Lieutenant Governor I'm going to vote for Matt Denn, placing more confidence in his work ethic than anything else, although I think several of his education ideas have merit. Besides, I absolutely refuse to capitulate to assholes who will vote against Markell-Denn purely on the basis of religion.

For Insurance Commissioner I'm going to vote for John Brady, who has a record suggesting he actually knows what the hell he is doing.

For 20th District Representative I'm going to vote to return Nick Manolakos to the General Assembly.

Let's see: one Libertarian, two Democrats, and two Republicans; ticket-splitting in the finest Delaware fashion.

And for President? That's another post, another day.

6 comments:

Brian Shields said...

The same way, I will vote for two Libertarians, four Democrats, two Republicans.. and following Shirley's lead, two write ins for races I feel both don't represent me.

Senate and Sussex County Council District 1. In my council district a man is running unopposed to a seat he hasn't held before with absolutely no platform. I can't vote for him if he offers no issues.

I haven't decided what word to write in yet, but it will be some ideal I do not see in these candidates.

City Upon The Hill said...

"For Lieutenant Governor I'm going to vote for Matt Denn, placing more confidence in his work ethic than anything else"

I like the rest of your picks but I think this one is weak. Denn held a state office. in the same time Copeland held down a state office, a company and led a non-profit.

Joe M said...

"I absolutely refuse to capitulate to assholes who will vote against Markell-Denn purely on the basis of religion."

Religion? I think I've missed something. What's the religious argument?

Steve Newton said...

Joe
They're both Jewish, which has led to some significant resistance in some quarters

Shirley Vandever said...

They're both Jewish, which has led to some significant resistance in some quarters

Unbelievable. I had not heard this.

I am voting for Markell for Gov, Copeland for Lt Gov.

tom said...

I'm going w/ Copeland for Lt. Governor because he's been the closest thing we've had to a libertarian in the General Assembly.

And while I'm glad that Markell beat Carney in the primary, and I think he'll be a better Governor than Minner, I'm voting for Lee. I see his lack of a huge agenda as a good thing, whereas Markell is committed to spending lots & lots of the taxpayers money. I have no real expectation that he could win, but I have to vote for the policies i prefer, and "no tax increases" definitely beats Markell's program.