The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Republican nominee Bob Dold over his Democratic opponent, two-time loser Dan Seals, in the hotly-contested race to succeed five-term Congressman Mark Kirk, who is running for the U.S. Senate. Here's what the Trib had to say:
Republican Robert Dold and Democrat Dan Seals continue that tradition of strong debate. Dold is a Kenilworth businessman. He's making his first run for office, but has been active in Republican Party politics for years and was an investigative counsel for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee. Seals is a Wilmette business consultant. He's making his third run for this office. Call this the battle of the MBAs, Seals (University of Chicago) vs. Dold (Northwestern.)
Both candidates support extending current federal income tax rates, including those paid by high-income taxpayers. That's a shift for Seals. Seals would have voted for the Democrats' health care overhaul; Dold would have voted against it. Both acknowledge that change must come to preserve the Social Security system. Seals would raise the income cap for Social Security taxes and reduce benefits for the wealthy. Dold would let those younger than 55 invest part of their Social Security taxes in conservative bond funds run by the government. The assets could be passed on to their heirs.
It's tempting to endorse Seals. We liked him each time we endorsed Mark Kirk over him. Our support this time goes to Dold. Though Democrats want to portray him as an arch-conservative, we're convinced he will be in the moderate, pro-choice, independent mold of Kirk. And Dold will take a much firmer line on out-of-control federal spending than Seals. Dold is endorsed.