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  • Walden for Congress, Fein for surveyor

    Walden is part of dysfunctional GOP leadership, but challenger is unprepared
  • This newspaper has repeatedly endorsed Greg Walden for U.S. Congress, not because we always agree with him politically, but because he has generally done a good job representing the overwhelmingly rural, Republican 2nd District. Also, because Walden has one of the safest seats in the House, he rarely has faced a strong challenger.
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  • This newspaper has repeatedly endorsed Greg Walden for U.S. Congress, not because we always agree with him politically, but because he has generally done a good job representing the overwhelmingly rural, Republican 2nd District. Also, because Walden has one of the safest seats in the House, he rarely has faced a strong challenger.
    Walden's influence in the House has also increased aloing with his seniority, which has the potential to benefit his district. However, it also puts him in league with a House leadership that has chosen partisan obstruction over the good of the nation.
    Not to put too fine a point on it, the House Republican leadership, of which Walden is a part, has been a disgrace, especially in the past two years.
    Pushing the federal government to the brink of default and refusing to compromise on the budget and taxes is a failure of leadership, and Walden must bear some responsibility for that.
    This year, he faces Ashland Democrat Joyce Segers for the second straight election. Segers is well-intentioned and sincere, but woefully unprepared to be a member of Congress. She has lived in Oregon only since 2009, moving here from Florida, and has never held an elective office.
    In 2010, when we recommended voters give Walden a seventh term, we noted that he was critical of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's heavy-handed tactics, and predicted things would change if Republicans recaptured the majority. They did, and we have seen how that worked out.
    If the Democrats would field a stronger challenger, we would be inclined to recommend a change in the 2nd District. But under the circumstances, and without enthusiasm, we recommend Greg Walden for another term.
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