Editorial: Lambert is the right choice for the GOP

Last modified: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Some politicians possess such a high level of integrity and straightforwardness that even when you disagree with them on most of the issues, you can’t help but respect them.

Gary Lambert, a Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, is just such a man. For that reason, he deserves his party’s support in the Sept. 9 primary.

Lambert served his country in the Marine Corps for 35 years, including time as the No. 2 coalition military lawyer in Iraq, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in 2005 and the Meritorious Service Medal in 2000 and 2007. His military background suggests he would provide an important voice on veterans issues and a unique perspective on U.S. foreign policy, especially as it relates to Iraq.

There are not many issues on which we agree with Lambert – he is against abortion rights and Common Core, and wants to repeal Obamacare, to name just a few – but it’s plain to see that he would use his time as a congressman to fight for his constituents rather than shaping his national identity.

There would be no such guarantees should Lambert’s main opponent, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, win the primary and go on to defeat incumbent Annie Kuster.

It’s easy to see why national party leaders have embraced Garcia: She is a fresh face and offers diversity to a GOP that could sure use it. But throughout her campaign, she has stuck to the Tea Party playbook while offering little in the way of thoughtful analysis of the economic, social and foreign policy problems the country faces.

Even when Lambert and Garcia agree on an issue, there is a sense that each arrived at their conclusion in very different ways. Lambert is guided by his experience and intellect rather than the most vocal elements of the party’s fringe.

On Sept. 9, voters in the Republican primary must choose not only who they want to represent them in the 2nd Congressional District but also what they want the party to stand for. If they value integrity and dedication to constituents highly, the easy choice is Gary Lambert.