- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 19, 2006

For 26 years Rep. Frank Wolf has ably represented Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, a diverse patchwork of Northern Virginia spanning McLean and Sterling in the east to Frederick County in the west. This newspaper proudly endorses Mr. Wolf over his Democratic challenger Judy Feder. Mr. Wolf is a Reagan Republican and a man of conscience of whom Northern Virginians of all political stripes can be proud.

A tireless advocate for his constituents, Mr. Wolf — who sits on the powerful Appropriations Committee — helped widen I-66 and this year saved the Metro extension to congested Tysons Corner. “Saved” is no exaggeration. Had Gov. Tim Kaine succeeded in pushing an expensive underground rail instead of the more feasible above-ground option, strict Federal Transportation Agency cost standards would have been exceeded and the whole project would have been jeopardized, with $900 million in federal funding at stake. This is commonsense government at its best.

Nationwide, Mr. Wolf is known for his impassioned human-rights advocacy and conservationism. Co-chair of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, just this week he was feted by a diverse gathering of advocates from Tibet, Iraq, Sudan and elsewhere. The appeal crosses political boundaries: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called him an “unmatched leader in his commitment to human rights.”

His opponent Mrs. Feder is a study in contrasts; she has presided over a conventional liberal campaign prominently featuring attacks on Mr. Wolf for his position on the war. This former Clinton administration official counts being an architect of HillaryCare among her greatest accomplishments — which by itself is enough to justify rejection by moderate and conservative voters. Everyone else should consider that Mrs. Feder’s campaign is heavily indebted to out-of-state backers. She is funded 81 percent by out-of-state contributors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, nearly a third from Act Blue, a hard-left national fund-raising organization.

By contrast, Mr. Wolf gets 81 percent of his money from Virginians and just 19 percent elsewhere. Mr. Wolf knows Virginians and their interests and is better positioned to represent them.This newspaper enthusiastically endorses Frank Wolf for re-election to the House of Representatives for Virginia’s 10th District. We urge voters to return this honorable and effective public servant to office.

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