Advocate editorial board opinion: Congressman remained polite, respectful during his tenure
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We wish U.S. Rep. Ron Paul well in his campaign to become U.S. president in 2012.
Paul, always calm, polite and respectful to his constituents, announced July 12 he would retire as U.S. representative of District 14 when his term runs out in 2012.
Paul said it was time for a different strategy.
We remember well when U.S. Rep. Greg Laughlin (who won the District 14 position in 1988) lost his battle with Paul, who had been a member of the Libertarian Party.
Laughlin lost to Paul in a 1996 runoff election. Laughlin had changed parties (Democrat to Republican), and Paul had changed parties (Libertarian to Republican). Paul won with a 56-44 percent vote.
That was some wise maneuvering on Paul's part. Since then, he's fostered slogans like "The Taxpayers Best Friend" and catchy others. We think whatever he develops as his new strategy will be formidable.
With 12 terms behind him in Congress, Paul has remained consistent and principled. We praise him for sticking to his guns although we were not always in agreement with his political philosophy.
Of course, redistricting remains unclear. And it looked like Paul would not be the Victoria County residents' U.S. representative, anyway.
Regardless, we thank you for your service, Rep. Paul, and we wish you well.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.