EDITORIAL: Lindstrom is Best Hope for GOP in Senate Race
Is there any Republican out there capable of defeating a Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts?
If you believe the steady stream of polls taken over the past several months, one name continually surfaces - Charlie Baker. Unfortunately, he happens to be our governor, the most popular one in the country. He routinely receives higher favorable ratings than Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic incumbent running for re-election in November.
So if the Republican State Committee was serious about ousting a sitting Democratic senator, what kind of candidate would it support? We’d say, the closest thing to Charlie Baker that you can get.
But that didn’t happen. Instead, delegates at the GOP State Convention endorsed state Rep. Geoff Diehl, a diehard Donald Trump supporter, who ran the president’s Massachusetts election campaign. John Kingston, a well-heeled Winchester businessman, also qualified for the ballot.
As did Beth Lindstrom, the only person with a chance of putting the polarizing Warren out to pasture.
The Groton resident has demonstrated the ability and the temperament that could finally give Massachusetts a senator willing to put incendiary partisan politics aside and work in the best interests of the state and nation.
Though making her first run at elected office, Lindstrom’s professional background includes the right mix of political experience, managerial success, and the willingness to act independently.
Lindstrom, 57, and a mother of three, ran the Massachusetts State Lottery and the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation under Republican Gov. Mitt Romney. She also managed GOP upstart Scott Brown’s successful 2010 U.S. Senate win over Martha Coakley.
She’s also is a small businesswoman who volunteers on several boards in her hometown.
Also, Lindstrom is the only candidate who neutralizes gender as a would-be issue in a showdown with Warren, a master of identity politics.
As the face of the Republican Party’s moderate wing, Lindstrom knows there’ll be times when she’ll agree with the president, and times when she won’t. That’s in contrast to her GOP Senate opponents Diehl, an all-in Trump backer, and Kingston, a continual Trump basher.
Like Gov. Baker, Lindstrom supports a legal path for immigrants to become citizens, and opposes efforts to shield those in this country illegally with designations like sanctuary cities or sanctuary state.
Also, like the governor and unlike Sen. Warren, Lindstrom’s a strong supporter of the law enforcement community and our judicial system.
That’s undoubtedly why shortly after Warren recently categorized the nation’s judicial system as racist to the core, Lindstrom received endorsement of the New England Benevolent Police Association.
Lindstrom has also received the formal support of 18 GOP State Committee members, several state reps and the mayor of Gardner.
So far, Diehl and Kingston have done their best to avoid public debates with such a formidable opponent, having taken the stage together only once, despite numerous other opportunities.
We don’t blame them. Beth Lindstrom has what it takes to mount a serious threat to Elizabeth Warren’s Senate seat and presidential aspirations.
But first she must finish first in the Republican primary election on Sept. 4. We urge moderate Massachusetts voters - specifically the more than half of the electorate registered as unenrolled - to take a Republican ballot on Sept. 4 and vote for Beth Lindstrom.