Barbara Boxer California Primary L.A. Times Endorsement Snub – The L.A. Times, which is currently the largest newspaper on the West Coast was previously expected to endorse Senator Barbara Boxer in her primary campaign against republican opposition. However, they have decided to remain neutral, saying that the California Democrat doesn’t display enough intellectual firepower. Some have said that this could signify an apparent shift within the state toward a more conservative viewpoint.
The newspaper is notorious for leaning left and present liberal viewpoints more often than conservative ones, but has done a fairly good job of remaining as fair and balanced as possible over the years. They have no elected to endorse no one in the upcoming primaries and elections unless someone can step up to the plate in the mean time.
“On the Democratic side, we find that we’re no fans of incumbent Barbara Boxer,” the newspaper said in an editorial Friday. “She displays less intellectual firepower or leadership than she could.”
The publication said that all of her opponents were not “realistic contenders” but raised other positive points about her demeanor and politics. They went on to say that they could not endorse her because she gives no indication that she would step up to the job and away from her persona.
The race is reportedly tight, according to a number of different polls within the state. Many of the state’s republicans seem to be divided about who they would like to see win the upcoming primaries. The state has seen a significant shift in recent years from a liberal mindset to a mindset that is still liberal, but slightly more conservative on certain topics that affect the state.
“The fast-growing population of California voters who no longer affiliate with a party are seeking a dynamic and creative representative to help direct national policy,” the newspaper said. “But the substantive debate about whether Boxer or the Republican nominee is the best person must wait until after the primary. Then, we hope, it will be possible to endorse a candidate.” the LA Times said in their article.