Boston Globe endorses Trump's GOP challenger Bill Weld

Boston Globe endorses Trump's GOP challenger Bill Weld
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The Boston Globe Editorial Board on Wednesday endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldVermont governor, running for reelection, won't campaign or raise money The Hill's Campaign Report: Amash moves toward Libertarian presidential bid Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party MORE’s long-shot primary challenge to President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE.

“Although sometimes dismissed as a gadfly because of his Libertarian Party vice presidential bid in 2016, Weld is a solid, substantive, hyper-smart figure. As governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997, he demonstrated an ability to work with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature to produce impressive results,” the Globe said.

“Nominating Weld would also help restore dignity and decency to the national conversation. A personable practitioner of collegial politics, he is able to disagree without being disagreeable. His dry, sly wit would be a welcome tonic to Trump’s tawdry discourse,” the Globe added. “A ballot for Weld, then, is a vote both to salvage time-honored conservative principles and to change the shabby tone of the Trump era.”

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The newspaper also cited Weld’s experience as a prosecutor, his handling of budgetary issues as governor and his status as “neither a neoconservative nor a neo-isolationist on foreign policy.”

The Globe acknowledged the minimal likelihood of Weld’s challenge proving successful, noting his pulling only 9 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary and Trump’s overwhelming popularity within the party.

“But even by giving Bill Weld a strong result, Republicans dismayed with Donald Trump’s course could trigger an important intra-party debate about ideas and integrity,” the endorsement stated. “We urge Republicans to embrace his candidacy in the March 3 primary.”

Two former congressmen who sought to primary Trump, former Reps. Mark SanfordMark SanfordThe Memo: Can the Never Trumpers succeed? Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party Trump becomes presumptive GOP nominee after sweeping primaries MORE (R-S.C.) and Joe WalshJoe WalshABC's Whoopi Goldberg to headline Biden fundraiser with Sen. Tammy Duckworth Trump shares video of protesters confronting reporter: 'FAKE NEWS IS NOT ESSENTIAL' Trump mocks Amash over White House bid MORE (R-Ill.), have already ended their campaigns.