Editorials

New opportunity for Barr

Rep. Andy Barr
is scheduled to host McCarthy at Keeneland on Oct. 31.
Rep. Andy Barr is scheduled to host McCarthy at Keeneland on Oct. 31.

Congratulations to Rep. Andy Barr, who won a second term for the 6th District congressional seat.

His win comes as little surprise.

Challenger Elisabeth Jensen, who fought a spirited campaign, was little known before her run and had a lot less money to spend than Barr, who attracted a lot of Wall Street support.

Barr's likability and accessibility also helped attract more votes than unease about his Tea Party-like voting record took away.

During the campaign, Barr often stressed that he was working with some Democrats.

It would be good to see that really develop into more moderate political stands in his next term.

We hope he will be open to a wider array of responses to low-income and middle-class concerns — such as the increase in minimum wage and job-training programs that Jensen supported.

After all, a good percentage of voters, especially in Fayette, found Jensen's message compelling enough to support.

Barr prides himself in dealing with constituents' problems with the federal government.

Now that he has been re-elected, we hope he is even more confident about being a true problem solver in Washington.

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