Although The News Tribune endorsement (editorial, 10-5) of Jan Angel in the 26th District was not a surprise, some reasons given were. “Her ability to move legislation” and the excuse of “her membership in the minority party”.
Angel regularly bemoans her inability to get anything passed because of being in the minority. Her own statements disagree with the claim of the paper of “her ability to move legislation”.
Other minority representatives, such as Jay Rodne, Barbara Bailey and Mike Shea, are able to work across party lines to get bills passed. The difference is leadership, which Angel lacks.
While state Sen. Derek Kilmer and state Rep. Larry Seaquist were leaders in keeping tolls low and devising plans to keep state parks open, Angel opposed such legislation even though both subjects are extremely important in the 26th.