Rep. Adam Schiff is familiar to national television viewers as a thoughtful voice for moderate Democratic views on national security and foreign policy.
But Schiff, D-Burbank, certainly doesn’t ignore his constituents at home, delivering on issues as varied as the 28th District itself.
That combination makes it an easy decision for this editorial board to endorse Schiff for a ninth term in the House of Representatives.
In these days of high partisanship, there remain some members of Congress who inspire confidence even in those who may disagree with them.
Schiff’s knowledge and levelheadedness make him one of those.
He generally praises fellow Democrat Barack Obama, telling editorial writers that “for the most part, history will be kind to the president.”
But he thinks history will be critical of the Obama administration’s failure to enforce its “red line” against Syria.
On the Iran nuclear deal, he believes the positives outweigh the negatives and it will make America safer “in the short term.”
Schiff treads carefully on the issue of encryption exemplified by the Apple vs. FBI legal battle following the San Bernardino terrorist attack. No absolutist in the “privacy” vs. “security” debate, he calls for independent analysis of the risks each way.
Schiff’s district stretches from the Angeles National Forest south through Sunland-Tujunga, Burbank, La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena and Glendale to Hollywood. He has served residents well by taking action against helicopter noise and for an earthquake early-warning system, Gold Line rail extension and doubling the size of the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area.
Schiff’s November opponent deserves praise. Lenore Solis, who is active in Glendale and Atwater Village community affairs, says she was being a good party “soldier” when she jumped into the primary to make sure Republicans’ points of view are represented. Nimble-minded and willing to differ from GOP orthodoxy — though against abortion, she is for allowing women the choice, for instance — Solis should be encouraged to seek office in a contest she could win.
In the heavily Democratic 28th District, Schiff received 70 percent of the vote in the primary. It was deserved.
We endorse Adam Schiff for re-election on Nov. 8.
By: The Editorial Board, LA Daily News
Source: Los Angeles Daily News