Niagara Gazette


May 21, 2011

Go with Jack Davis

NIAGARA FALLS — In the race for the 26th Congressional District, only one candidate has spent more time talking about what he considers to be the problems at hand than complaining about the other candidates. That candidate, Jack Davis, gets our vote in Tuesday’s election.

Democrat Kathy Hochul and Republican Jane Corwin both have strong points, but neither comes across as having the same degree of conviction of Davis, who is registered as a Republican, but running as an independent.

In face-to-face interviews, Davis came across as the most sincere and least like a politician.

Davis has run for this seat three times before — in 2004, 2006 and 2010. He’s run previously as a Democrat, changed his affiliation back to Republican and now is running on the Tea Party line, but he has maintained the same message for all four runs.

It’s hard not to identify with Davis’ goals of wanting to create jobs in the United States through the abolition of free trade agreements like NAFTA, which he says is the primary reason jobs are leaving and factories are closing.

True, it is Davis’ sole issue. But the issue itself is intrinsic in fixing so many of the other things that haunt us these days, including health care, Social Security and national security.

If people have jobs, they’re more like to be able to afford health care. If people have jobs, they’re paying into Social Security. If we stop worrying about “most favored nations,” we can concentrate on who our real friends and enemies are.

Yes, we would have liked Davis to participate in the debates held in Buffalo and Rochester. He said he dropped out because he can’t stand to be on the same stage as the other candidates, who he says lie about his record.

And yes, we think Davis could probably use some polish.

But we like his message. And moreover, we like Jack.

We realize that many people are going to feel they should choose between Hochul and Corwin, as conventional wisdom says that either the Democrat or Republican will win and they don’t want to waste their vote. However, voting your conscience is never a wasted vote.

“There’s no one in Congress like me,” Davis said.

We think the voters of the 26th Congressional District should right that wrong.

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