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Stop the squabbling: Sanborn, Edwards should grow up

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July 22. 2018 11:46PM




Republican Bruce Crochetiere’s sudden withdrawal from the First Congressional District Race sets up a showdown between GOP frontrunners Sen. Andy Sanborn and Eddie Edwards.

Both men bring experience, expertise, and a record of public service to the race. Too bad both seem more eager at taking shots at the other than in addressing the many issues facing the next Congress.

Sanborn quickly attacked Edwards as “a lifelong government bureaucrat turned lobbyist” and Edwards alluded to an ethics investigation that found no evidence of any wrongdoing by Sanborn.

Sanborn has been running for office for 10 years, serving in the state senate for eight. Edwards has been a local police chief in addition to his time at the liquor commission. Neither is a political outsider, but candidates need to stop treating political experience as a negative.

Sanborn owns a sports bar and Edwards worked for years as the state’s chief liquor enforcement officer, so you’d expect them to get along about as well as a cobra and a mongoose.

They need to put aside their petty squabbles, and try to show Republican voters why they would be the best candidate to take back the district.


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