Supports Larry Joe Doherty

RECEIVED Tue., Feb. 19, 2008

Dear Editor,
    The true test of a progressive, alternative paper is not solely found in its quirky "A Shot in the Dark" submissions or its off-the-beaten-path stories about local musicians and artists. As a lifelong Austinite (all 23 years), my hometown paper made my heart swell last week with their dual endorsement of Larry Joe Doherty and Dan Grant for Congressional District 10 [“'Chronicle' Endorsements,” News, Feb. 15].
    The Chronicle didn't just follow the braying endorsement-club sheep and instead chose to point out that Democrats need to listen to their own hearts and minds when it comes to whom they'll be casting their vote for in the primary to take on Republican Michael McCaul in November.
    I will be supporting Larry Joe Doherty, not because Dan Grant isn't a good candidate but because Doherty is the best one. Doherty has proven himself over the last 37 years to be a voice (one that by definition should be loud and opinionated) for victims of crooked lawyers and cares passionately about the environment on a personal level – a quality that is seriously lacking in most politicians' platforms. In Congress, he will continue to fight for his constituents' needs with the same fervor and tenacity that he has exhibited throughout his life and campaign. While I'm sure others my age may find his fresh-faced, Gen-X opponent appealing, Dan Grant simply does not have the experience and backing to stand up to McCaul in the general election.
    If overturning a Bush-rubber-stamp Republican and replacing him with a genuine, tough-as-nails Democrat is what the constituency of Congressional District 10 is looking for, then Larry Joe Doherty is the clear choice.
Rachel Farris
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