Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Toomey for Senate the Republican Incumbent Deserves Another Term

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Toomey for Senate the Republican Incumbent Deserves Another Term

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If Washington is known for one thing these days, it is rank partisanship. As they prepare to cast their ballots Nov. 8, voters should be wondering what might be done about this. One step would be to re-elect Sen. Pat Toomey, a moderate Republican who has demonstrated a willingness to reach across the aisle.

Democratic challenger Katie McGinty has many fine qualities, including what she describes as a cooperative streak of her own. However, Mr. Toomey has a credible record. There is no reason to upend the balance he gives the Pennsylvania delegation - our senior senator, Bob Casey, is a Democrat - or to dispense with the seniority he acquired during his first term.

Mr. Toomey, who served in the U.S. House from 1999 to 2005, and Ms. McGinty, Pennsylvania's former secretary of environmental protection and onetime gubernatorial candidate who served as chief of staff to Gov. Tom Wolf, have waged an ugly campaign. She criticized him for declining to say whether he will vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. However, Mr. Toomey disavowed some of Mr. Trump's rhetoric and did not endorse him. Enough said.

Ms. McGinty has served on the boards of energy companies with natural gas interests and championed the fracking industry she regulated as DEP secretary. However, Mr. Toomey is the more reliable advocate for natural gas drilling, taking a skeptical view of federal regulation of the industry while Ms. McGinty, who has strong support among environmentalists, is more amenable to it. With thousands of good-paying jobs at stake, this matters hugely to southwestern Pennsylvania. In a slow period now, the industry is sure to come roaring back, providing more employment for engineers, lawyers, land agents and blue-collar workers and lifting other economic sectors through a ripple effect.

On many issues, the candidates take the positions of their parties. Mr. Toomey opposes abortion; Ms. McGinty supports choice. She supports a hike in the minimum wage; he has not. He voted against the Iran nuclear deal; she has voiced support for it. He wants to repeal Obamacare; she likes the concept and wants to tweak it. …

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