None of the three candidates deserves an endorsement in this year’s gubernatorial contest.
Endorsements are neither expected nor intended to dictate the choices readers will make on Election Day. Rather, they are The Roanoke Times Editorial Board’s best effort to assess the merits and weaknesses of the candidates. The task is a serious one, though, and we generally prefer to recommend the lesser of two evils, if necessary, than to issue a ballot-wide repudiation. Particularly when the choice at hand will determine the commonwealth’s chief executive for the next four years.
But an endorsement carries with it the credibility of this institution. When a candidate who receives our support visits ridicule or even shame on the commonwealth, we share in that disgrace. We hope the next four years will be marked by sound policy, prosperity and virtuous leadership. But the sordid filth that has set the tone of the campaign and underscored the defects of the candidates, viewed in the context of a state Capitol already shaken by scandal, has deepened our qualms over backing any of the three men running for governor.
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