Capito deserves to be re-elected

Getting things done for West Virginians means more than political affiliation to voters in the Mountain State. It doesn’t matter whether you have an “R” or a “D” after your name, as long as you remember who’s boss — the people of West Virginia.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., has made it clear for years that she understands that Rule No. 1. She has served us faithfully and effectively in both the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Capito will be on the Nov. 3 election ballot, and has earned our trust for another six-year term in the Senate.

Perhaps the best way to understand how conscientious and effective Capito has been is to glance at the list of organizations endorsing her.

The mix of interests and priorities represented by her endorsers is impressive. Small and large businesses as well as organized labor are represented. The National Right to Life group is there. The National Rifle Association. Coal companies and the United Mine Workers join hands to endorse her. Health care professionals, the Farm Bureau and housing contractors are endorsers.

Capito is firmly conservative, like the vast majority of her constituents. But she recognizes that the way to get things done in Washington is to convince allies in the opposite party to work with her.

Few senators are better at that. A respected study of bipartisanship in the Senate ranks her seventh best at it.

Still, when the time comes to take a stand, she can be counted upon. The American Conservative Union has recognized Capito with its “Award for Conservative Excellence.”

Power is everything in Washington. There, too, Capito shines. To cite just one of her accomplishments, she holds a seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Mountain State residents are well aware of what that means in terms of securing federal dollars for important priorities such as battling substance abuse.

Her 14 years in the House of Representatives told voters what they needed to know about Capito when she ran for the Senate in 2014. She won the election in all 55 of our state’s counties.

We expect a similar vote of confidence on Nov. 3 — and we take pleasure in endorsing Capito for another term in the Senate.


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