Elan Firpo A Libertarian?
Our very own Rose Welsh seemed a bit annoyed over this short synopsis of the District Attorney candidates in the Times- Standard. She suggests the writer was bringing political parties into it. She is right that it is a non- partisan race, but all the guy did is point out Maggie Fleming is supported by some of the "old school Democrats". I didn't see much, if any, partisan intent to the letter.
I am curious why the writer senses Elan Firpo to be a libertarian? If someone could make a good case in that regard, that would certainly have some pull with me.
I was going to wait, but I'll go ahead and give my own brief synopsis of the candidates. I'll try to be nice:
Arnie Klein- I agree that Klein seems to have the most experience on the prosecution side. He comes off as a bit eccentric to me. That, coupled with his age, puts him near the bottom of my list. Hate to be an age bigot but I'm not sure a 70 year old guy could handle what by most accounts is the mess he'll be dealing with if elected.
Allan Dollison- I've made it well known I dislike Allan Dollison. I might go so far as to say it's personal. Leaving the personal stuff aside, though, I feel he's a philosophical authoritarian. It seems clear to me, after reading his Facebook page for months, that he is an admirer of state power and those that enforce that power. Certainly not someone I'd support for any position.
That aside, he's also quite enamored of his military duties. I'd expect him to continue his frequent reserve military forays so he'd likely not put in anywhere near as much time as needed in the challenging position of District Attorney. He is last on my list.
Elan Firpo- Easiest on the eyes of all the candidates, if she is a libertarian- even a closet one- that could certainly sway me. She seems competent enough. Complaints about her recent plea bargains could likely also be made against the same people making those complaints. She's in the top two.
Maggie Fleming- Hard to ignore the diversity of her endorsements. They're from all over. I'd say that's a good sign. I know little about her but some others who I respect are backing her, although I don't know their specific reasons. She's also in my top two.
With me it's between Fleming and Firpo.