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We will back Tom Holland

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February 18, 2010

We’re pleased to see one of Baldwin City’s own, Sen. Tom Holland, make a run for governor. We wish him luck.

Holland made his announcement in Topeka Wednesday, making official what we’d known was going to happen since before Christmas. We knew it was coming, we just didn’t know when.

The Democrats have had several possible candidates for the governor’s position drop out, for various reasons. Many names were mentioned as possibilities to fill Gov. Mark Parkinson’s post after he made it clear he would not run. When Holland’s name surfaced, we were pleased and hoped that it would come about.

The Democrat has an uphill battle with Former Sen. Sam Brownback, who apparently will be the Republican candidate. Brownback has far more name recognition after 16 years in Washington and he has a sizeable war chest of campaign funds. But he’s not held in the highest regard among many Kansans, especially those of us in the eastern part of the state.

Holland also has a history of beating the odds. When he walked in our office in 2002 to announce he was running against incumbent State Rep. Ralph Tanner, who was in his fourth term and well established, we didn’t give Holland much of a chance. He won.

In 2008, Holland did it again, ousting Republican State Sen. Roger Pine, who was also heavily favored to gain re-election.

Since 2002, we’ve gotten to know Holland well. He’s done a good job of representing the people in both his roles. We’ve been proud to call him one of our own.

We don’t make a habit of endorsing candidates, but we’ll make an exception for this race. Kansas needs strong leadership — now. Holland can provide that, without the political baggage his opponent carries.

But we know it’s going to be a tough campaign. If anyone can do it, Tom Holland can.


Torch 10 years, 5 months ago

The last candidate you endorsed was Obama.

That tells me all I need to know about Holland.


TheOnlyGreyghost 10 years, 5 months ago

You never disappoint, Torch. Anyone who had the impression that you were a know-nothing, knee-jerk reactionary with no notion of what is going on has just had that impression confirmed.

Voters with intelligence, curiosity, and an honest desire to evaluate candidates fairly would examine each candidate's position on the issues most affecting our state and would listen to their ideas on the economy, education, crime, etc. They would even try to do this (gasp!) without regard to party affiliation.

As we could expect, however, Torch will run right out and blindly endorse any candidate running against the one the local paper endorses. Never mind their abysmal record. Never mind the possibility that the relative newcomer actually has ideas and is not entrenched in dirty and self-serving good-ol-boy politics. Way to decide.

It would be fun to go to the Two Choice Restaurant with Torch and order the Prime Rib Special.... just to see Torch order the S--- on a Shingle Special to be oppositional.

Come to think of it, that's a perfect metaphor for how Torch intends to vote in November: order up the S--- on a Shingle Special not because it tastes good but just to thwart his perceived "enemies" who think prime rib sounds dandy.


AncientBaldwin 10 years, 5 months ago

Damn Skippy, GreyGhost...I cannot add a word to that, Molto Bella!


Highstreet 10 years, 5 months ago

Cosign with Ancient Baldwin.

Brokeback was a bad senator and would be an even worse governor.


rumpledforeskin 10 years, 5 months ago

Be nice. Didn't you see the headline that Torch turned 100 today?


straightforward 10 years, 5 months ago

"But he’s not held in the highest regard among many Kansans, especially those of us in the eastern part of the state."

I assume by "eastern part of the state" the editor means Douglas County? Senator Brownback may have only received 51% of the vote in Douglas County but he still received 68% and 65% in Shawnee and Johnson counties and the senator won nearly 70% of the statewide vote. These are substantial majorities.

I agree Senator Brownback is wildly popular in rural Kansas (both eastern and western). He won well over 80% of the vote in many counties and and above 90% in several, but he is very popular throughout the state.

I find it odd the Signal would stick its neck out for either candidate this way. It doesn't seem smart for a small town newspaper that relies on readership and advertising to risk offending half of its customers?


solo 10 years, 5 months ago

What's odd about Jeff standing behind Tom Holland? Tom's a local guy who has been pretty visible in and around Baldwin. It would have been odd if Jeff hadn't endorsed Tom.


straightforward 10 years, 5 months ago

I don't find it odd that Jeff Myrick as an individual would support Tom Holland. I don't personally know his politics but of course its possible he votes left of center. And I'm sure some Baldwin citizens will vote for Holland because he's from Baldwin, but wouldn't have otherwise.

It may be common for media outlets to publicly endorse political candidates but I find it unwise as a business decision for the Signal to back either candidate. The newspaper has a very small readership and really shouldn't risk offending anyone. Stick to the news Jeff.


BaldwinDad 10 years, 5 months ago

Personally I find it disparaging when any paper backs any candidate, they sort of lose their objectivity.

Even when they do it under the guise of Editorial section.


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