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Endorsement: Galesburg Register-Mail endorses Dick Durbin for U.S. Senate

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Suburban family-care physician Steve Sauerberg is challenging incumbent Dick Durbin for a seat on the U.S. Senate.

As Democratic Party Whip, Durbin — a native of East St. Louis and a former Springfield lawyer who represented the 20th District in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms — is the second-highest ranking Democrat in the Senate. If re-elected, he will be serving his third term.

Sauerberg, of Willowbrook, is well-read on the war and, as a physician, has some interesting ideas about health care, but his biggest motivation for running appears to be a dislike of Durbin. He told The Register-Mail’s Editorial Board that his interest in politics was piqued by the sense that Durbin, once a moderate, was leaning more liberal, particularly on the issue of abortion. Also fueling Sauerberg’s interest was a heightened interest in national security following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

At a debate at Knox College on Oct. 9, Sauerberg accused Durbin of being unpatriotic, which was hotly disputed by Durbin. The candidates are at opposite ends of the political spectrum and both could use some moderation.

Sauerberg is running on the premise of being a non-career politician. However, we find it hard to accept a candidate for U.S. Senate who never has held or run for any elected office at any level. Sauerberg is not qualified to be a senator and his campaign has been funded largely out of his own pocket. Despite having attended Knox College for one year as part of his medical education, Sauerberg is not overly familiar with the Galesburg area.

It should be noted that Durbin did not meet with The Register-Mail Editorial Board. However, he is familiar with the issues in this area and in general is a voice for downstate Illinois. Durbin was named one of America’s 10 best senators in 2006 by “Time” magazine. We like him better when he’s not an attack dog in the Senate trying to incite conflict or fuel partisan fires. But we respect that he had the courage and prudence to oppose the invasion of Iraq, voting against authorizing the president to go to war.

Durbin is endorsed.

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