In Case You Missed It: Thomas Massie Endorsed by The Ledger Independent

See below Friday’s article endorsing Thomas Massie from The Ledger Independent.

“His experiences from boyhood to MIT to the world of high tech medical devices and a return to his roots, make him that most unusual of politicians: an educated, well-grounded businessman whose world view comes – not from law books — but from academic and real-world success.”

Massie gets our nod for 4th District rep


November 2, 2012 maysville-online.com

Thomas Massie has our endorsement in his race to complete Rep. Goeff Davis’ term in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 4th Congressional District and to serve a full two-year term beginning in January.

Our endorsement is based on both what we know about the candidate and also on a deep-seated hope – but we’ll get to that in a minute.

Judge Massie’s life story and his stunning rise from judge executive of a hardscrabble eastern Kentucky county to GOP congressional candidate has been well documented both in this newspaper and elsewhere.

His experiences from boyhood to MIT to the world of high tech medical devices and a return to his roots, make him that most unusual of politicians: an educated, well-grounded businessman whose world view comes – not from law books — but from academic and real-world success.

A two-hour interview with Massie that covered a range of domestic and foreign policy issues reveals a man full of self-confidence who is ready to take on a federal government he sees as wasteful, inefficient and bloated.

We found many issues on which we agree and no small number on which we find ourselves in disagreement. But we also found a candidate who felt comfortable with his own positions and ready to debate and defend them without malice.

We endorse a man whose positions reflect those of the Tea Party and the Rand Paul conservatives, and we do so with reservations. Reducing taxes and the footprint of government in our lives are lofty goals, but government provides many services and those services cost money. Finding the right cuts and making them with a full understanding of the effects on the poor, the elderly and the shrinking middle class will be the challenge for our country in the coming years.

Those expecting Thomas Massie to haul barrels of pork back to Lewis County or the 4th District will be sorely disappointed. We doubt that Massie will fall into the trap of demanding transparency and an end to earmarks while filling his own barrel for delivery to constituents.

And while Massie’s view of the world borders on isolationism, his commitment to security and his skepticism with those who would intervene in conflicts wherever they erupt, would serve us well.

As a military veteran who served in the Middle East and an intelligent, astute businessman, we held Rep. Geoff Davis to a high standard. Our expectations for Massie are equally high.

Our endorsement of Massie is based on his success – in education, in business and in politics. Our hope is that he uses his intelligence to find real solutions, not ideology-based blockades to the problems that face our nation. Our hope is that he carves his own path through the D.C. jungles and in so doing, brings light to what has become a dark and confusing place.

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