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Esquire endorsements

In addition to naming Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., as one of the nation’s 10 best lawmakers, Esquire magazine in its November issue endorsed Pryor and all four House members from Arkansas for re-election.

The publication made picks in 482 races across the country. Its pick for president was Barack Obama.

No one in Arkansas faces major party opposition. Like Pryor, Reps. Vic Snyder, D-Little Rock, John Boozman, R-Rogers, and Mike Ross, D-Prescott, have Green Party opponents. Rep. Marion Berry, D-Gillett, is unopposed. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., is not up for re-election.

Here are Esquire’s comments associated with the endorsements of Arkansas congressmen:

For Berry : ” … We feel all incumbents should be opposed. In this case, however, farmer/congressman Berry is a good fit for this Delta district.”

For Boozman: “The privately reasonable politician in John Boozman too often gets drowned out by the publicly reactionary one. From the draconian LEAVE act — as xenophobic a piece of immigration “reform” as we’ll see in this lifetime — to the childish GOP sit-in on offshore drilling, he consistently picks the worst issues on which to take a partisan stand. Arkansas ought to have at least one Republican in its delegation. But Boozman needs a strong opponent in ’10.”

For Ross: “When FEMA parked 10,000 trailers destined for Katrina victims in a field in Ross’ district, he demanded that they be moved — not because they were an eyesore but because they’d sink into the mud if it rained. That’s the sort of local knowledge that underlies good governance.”

For Snyder: “Would Arkansas elect to a seventh term a guy who supports needle-exchange programs, opposed the Iraq war, supports abortion rights and opposes the embargo of Cuba? Yep. So would we.”

The November Esquire is on newsstands now.


Esquire: Pryor among 10 best lawmakers

Esquire magazine in its November issue named Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., as one of the 10 best members of Congress.

Pryor, who is finishing his first term in office, is the only Arkansan on the 10 best list. No one in the Arkansas delegation appeared as one of the 10 worst lawmakers, either.

The magazine said of Pryor: “This scion of a political family has proved himself to be a formidable senator in his own right. As a freshman, he took the lead in forging the bipartisan ‘Gang of 14′ that saved the Senate from Bill Frist’s reckless ‘nuclear option’ on filibusters. Indeed, Pryor’s balance of center-left economics and center-right social positions ought to be the model for a new generation of Southern politicians.”

Others on the 10 best list were: Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala.

The 10 worst, as named by Esquire, were: Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., and Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.