After 20-plus years of being represented by a conservative Republican, Imperial County likely will soon be represented in Congress by a Democrat, possibly a liberal Democrat.
It will be hard to say good-bye to Duncan Hunter, our longtime congressman. Hunter is a rare man — a veteran and powerful congressmen without a bone of pretense. Like his policies or not, the Alpine-based Hunter is a likable fellow who did some good work for the Imperial Valley over the years. We agreed with much of what he did and didn't like some of what he did, but we always liked him as a person.
Hunter's work on keeping our Navy base open has been consistent and vehement and he has dedicated himself to countless other Valley issues over the years, producing tangible results.
That said, we think he has come down on the wrong side of some border issues in recent years and we have ominous feelings about his pending Salton Sea legislation.