- The Washington Times - Friday, November 3, 2000

Demaris Miller clearly represents the best choice for Virginia's 8th district, currently represented by five-term incumbent Rep. James Moran. It's an endorsement based not just on Mr. Moran's involvement in the loan scandal cited below, although that's bad enough. It's that Mr. Moran's enthusiasm for an ever larger government may be too liberal, even by the standards of an admittedly liberal congressional district.

He opposed efforts by a coalition of Republicans and Democrats to phase out death taxes that reward hard-working, high achievers by confiscating the fruits of their labors. He opposed reducing the marriage penalty that punishes couples financially for no other reason than that they dared to say, "I do." He voted "present" with respect to legislation that sought to strip the Boy Scouts of their federal charter if the group didn't agree to allow homosexual scoutmasters. In a related matter, he said the Roman Catholic Church's refusal to provide condoms to its employees a violation of church teaching is something that ought to be "addressed." In the ensuing furor, one of Mr. Moran's staffers went back to the Congressional Record to excise the threat, only to be caught in the act.

Mrs. Miller, by contrast, favors the revocation of the death tax and the marriage penalty. She is a strong supporter of Project Exile, a federal program backed by both the National Rifle Association and Handgun Control Inc. that punishes with stiff penalties persons who use or possess weapons illegally.

She is moderately pro-life, favoring a ban on partial-birth abortions except where the mother's life may be in jeopardy, and she is in favor of laws that encourage adoption. Having been a public school teacher, she has the know-how to push for education reform, and her support of school choice through educational vouchers and teacher accountability augers well. She believes in free trade (as does, in fairness, Mr. Moran). Such views would serve her constituents and Congress well, and Mrs. Miller has this paper's endorsement.

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