The Dean of the U.S. House of Representatives - Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, - made it a clean sweep of endorsements from newspapers covering the 15th Congressional District when the News Herald, the voice of Downriver, gave Dingell the nod.
That makes it a perfect six for six, and the News Herald joins the Toledo Blade, the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News, the Ann Arbor online News and the Monroe Evening News in singing Dingell’s praises.
“…We’d argue that Dingell has been Downriver’s only true voice in Congress since departing Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-13th District) and another veteran, U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-14th District) — whose districts moved into parts of Downriver and Dearborn as a result of redistricting — essentially are Detroiters who have few or no ties to these communities,” the paper said. “Dingell, the longest-serving member of the House, has represented this area for 55 years. And, he continues to take interest in and aid Downriver communities that no longer are in his district, but that he used to represent.”
The only support opponent Rob Steele has garnered has been that of teabaggers, and the News Herald recognized that.
“Conservatives are going to vote for Steele. Liberals and mainstream voters are going to cast ballots for Dingell. We believe our endorsement represents those in the middle.”
Steele did pick up one endorsement that will matter to no one but some teabaggers. However, precious few of his endorsements have even been from people inside Michigan, let alone the 15th District. Failed Alaska Governor and Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced today she is endorsing him. That might have been a big deal in the primary election, but a week away from a General Election doesn’t mean a whole lot. Maybe that will help Steele lose by 17 percentage points instead of 19.
An endorsement from someone who has never completed a term she was elected to, to some who has never ran for public office. It should carry a lot of weight, but not with voters.