Laird picks up six newspaper endorsements
June 16, 2010
Last week, Republican Sam Blakeslee received the endorsement of The Tribune.
In a press release issued Wednesday morning, the campaign of Democrat John Laird fired back with six different newspaper endorsements, all from the northern end of the district where Laird, the former mayor of Santa Cruz, is better known.
Newspapers endorsing Laird for Tuesday’s election include: San Jose Mercury News, Monterey County Herald, Salinas Californian, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Santa Cruz Weekly, and Bay Area Reporter.
The Mercury News, which like the Tribune, is owned by McClatchy Newspapers, argued: “John Laird is not just the best candidate, he is also a truly excellent candidate. Voters in District 15, which runs from Santa Barbara County up the coast to Santa Cruz and into Santa Clara County, will do the whole state a huge favor by returning Laird to Sacramento.
“Laird is a rare politician. In two terms in the Assembly, he stood out for his intelligence, creativity and ability to work across the aisle — which may be why he was scored as the most effective legislator from this region in a 2007 Mercury News analysis.”