A few years ago we had a chance to meet with other conservatives at the Lexington Herald Leader with the news editor and the editorial editor. While we've been impressed at times with the news operation's efforts to account for government spending, we've always been amused at the editorial editor's contention that Larry Dale Keeling was 'balanced'.
Today, as they begin their endorsements in races across Central Kentucky, they have their blind liberal tendencies on full display. They endorsed 20-year do-nothing representative Ruth Ann Palumbo in the 76th House District for reelection.
Just last week, the Herald-Leader wrote of Mrs. Palumbo:
She is chairwoman of the House Economic Development Committee and one of the legislature's more liberal members...
We strongly agree. Mrs. Palumbo ranked #99 out of 102 ranked members on our 2009-2010 scorecard, showing a painfully strong interest in spending tax dollars recklessly.
The editorial board likes her because she's a liberal, and offer no other reasons to support her.
It's not because they don't like her opponent:
Palumbo's Republican opponent this year is Richard M. Marrs, the owner of an advertising agency.
When Marrs ran for a seat on the Urban County Council in 2008, we endorsed him as one of the two candidates who should move on from the non-partisan primary to the compete in the general election. If he were running for a council seat again this year, or if he were running for the House in some other district, he would deserve serious consideration.
While they point to her record...
During 20 years representing the 76th District in the state House of Representatives, Democrat Ruth Ann Palumbo has built an admirable record that justifies voters returning her to office for another term.
...they offer no evidence of accomplishment:
Palumbo has distinguished herself as a champion of some of the most vulnerable members of society -- children and the elderly. She has also been an advocate for consumers, has proposed legislation that would clean up the excesses of "vote hauling" and has worked on numerous health care issues.
But her most visible efforts have come as chair of the House Economic Development Committee where she helps mold policies relating to economic incentives for businesses both large and small.
In twenty years of service all she can point to is the introduction of some legislation and a chairmanship earned by her longevity with no specific activity?
We know it's not news to anyone that Herald Leader editorials are often baseless nonsense, but so rarely is it on so stark display.