I must confess that Representative Shelly Moore Capito (R- WV 3) is not a person for whom I have a lot of praise. In my research, it seems to me that, more often than not, she has consistently advocated policies that increase the size and scope of the federal government. As such, she and I seem to have what might be considered a fundamental disagreement over the proper role of Washington D.C.
Nevertheless, today Rep. Capito did something some might consider remarkable. This election cycle, Capito is the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in West Virginia. According to the Charleston Daily Mail, in accepting a debate with her Democratic opponent, Natalie Tennant, Capito “also requested every candidate who has qualified to be on the ballot for the election also be invited to participate in the debate.” That means she believes John Buckley, the Libertarian candidate, and Bob Baber, the Mountain Party candidate ought to also have a place on the stage.
I firmly believe that when politicians do the right thing, they ought to be praised for it. And so, today I say thank you to Representative Capito for helping to expand political dialogue in the state of West Virginia. I hope the politicians from this side of the mountain will take note and learn from your example.