The Times recommends: Re-elect Rep. Adam Smith in the 9th District

August 6th – U.S. REP. Adam Smith, seeking his eight term from Washington’s 9th District, draws enough heat from the right and the left to suggest his label as a moderate Democrat is about right.

He is endorsed for re-election because he is well positioned in Congress to take a hard look at military spending and its unambiguous role in reducing budget deficits.

Smith, whose district includes Puyallup, Federal Way, parts of Tacoma, Lakewood and Steilacoom, built a congressional résumé with long service on the Armed Services Committee, including his current chairmanship of the Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, with a strong voice on major acquisitions.

Smith has worked on behalf of veterans, and the ties are real with Joint Base Lewis-McChord in his district. Looking out for the interests of the men and women in the military, and those who have served, does not preclude a tough, skeptical review of spending on everything from new jet fighters to outlays for tens of thousands of civilian contractors who help bloat Pentagon budgets.

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