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August 8, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Congress: Support is so low for incumbents, challengers could do better

The Times recently recapped its congressional endorsements [“Seattle Times editorial board recommendations for 2014 primary,” Opinion Northwest, July 16]. In every one of the eight races, the endorsement was for the incumbent.

Fairness dictates that the record of the current 113th Congress be included: as the lowest level of legislative accomplishment in the last 40 years, far eclipsing Truman’s “do-nothing” Congress. Polling (NBC/WSJ on Aug. 5) indicates that (nationally) a scant 49 percent of voters actually support their own incumbent. In total support, we know the figure to be in the teens; but this is the first time that localized approvals have dipped below 50 percent.

We certainly cannot lose more with the bench warmers than with the starters we have fielded. Hard to imagine that The Times would suggest that we be obsequious and support staying the course with the current team.

James Dillon, Auburn

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