About three hours ago I pulled my endorsement of Mark Obenshain for Attorney General, based on what is now known to be a mistaken report that he was OK with tax increases. As that was playing out, I decided to take a look at each candidates’ records (Obenshain is running against Delegate Bob Bell for the nomination).
We begin, of course, with the horrible HB3202 (2007). Bell supported it three times, Obenshain onnly once (although it was the all-important conference report).
Then there is the 2009 budget, which included a sales tax increase (disguised as an “acceleration”). Bell supported it; Obenshain opposed it.
Finally, we have the 2010 budget, which included a manufacturers’ tax increase. Bell supported it; Obenshain opposed it.
Given all of this, I’m back with Obenshain.