Opinions are like newspapers, everybody's got one. Something like that. In the P-I's view this morning, Bill Sherman should be the county's new prosecutor. The Times, conversely, thinks Dan Statterberg's the one. Their arguments:
P-I: The choice in the race to fill the remaining three years of the late Prosecutor Norm Maleng's term is a narrow call...[But] Sherman distinguishes himself with his ready interest in re-examining how resources are used and making sure a well-run office keeps up with the times. He helped lead a Clinton administration reorganization at the Interior Department. A clearer desire for change sets Sherman slightly but promisingly apart.
Times: In our own dealings with Satterberg as a news source, he has been a straightforward public servant who cares about open government. He has an aura of confidence, and he instills it...Satterberg's opponent, Sherman, has argued that he will be no less nonpartisan [than Satterberg], but that on some issues - environmental crimes, or as an advocate of banning assault rifles - he will bring a different perspective as a Democrat. We believe the people do not want a Democratic or Republican perspective on this office.
Neither paper makes a compelling case for their guy, however, though Sherman's campaign fired off a 7 a.m. e-mail to the media today pointing out the P-I had "lauded" the Democrat and noted that the P-I's Joel Connelly had also described Sherman as a "top notch" candidate.Actually, Connelly thought both candidates were top notch and appeared as undecided as most people are until the moment they punch that chad. As Joel wrote: "Appreciate the choice. Be guided by your own mind rather than anybody's endorsement."