The Boston Globe Editorial Board endorsed former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday, just under a week before the Massachusetts primary and Super Tuesday.
“Nominating William F. Weld would move the Republican Party from cultish adherence to the person of the president to the traditional tenets and propriety of the office,” the editorial board wrote in its endorsement.
Weld is the only Republican still in the race to challenge incumbent President Donald Trump for the 2020 nomination. The two-time elected Massachusetts governor ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket in 2016 and has been a vocal critic of Trump.
In its endorsement of Weld, the editorial board called out the candidate as “an astute, able, and affable former prosecutor and Massachusetts governor whose nomination would help restore principle and probity to the GOP”:
Nominating Weld would also help restore dignity and decency to the national conversation. A personable practitioner of collegial politics, he is able to disagree without being disagreeable. His dry, sly wit would be a welcome tonic to Trump’s tawdry discourse.
A ballot for Weld, then, is a vote both to salvage time-honored conservative principles and to change the shabby tone of the Trump era.
It hardly need be said that Weld is unlikely to wrest the Republican presidential nomination from the incumbent. He managed to garner only 9 percent of the GOP vote in New Hampshire. But even by giving Bill Weld a strong result, Republicans dismayed with Donald Trump’s course could trigger an important intra-party debate about ideas and integrity.
Read the full endorsement from the Globe’s editorial board here.