Prezioso: Minority leader’s voice will be missed

Politics in West Virginia is not like that at the national level. Here, Democrats and Republicans can argue about policy like, well, ladies and gentlemen. Or they used to be able to, anyway.

One of the most effective Democrat leaders in that regard has been state Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso, D-Marion. This week, he revealed that after serving in the Legislature for three decades, he will not seek re-election next year.

It is a shame to hear that among the reasons for his departure is a LITTLE of the poor behavior that has infected Washington, D.C., in recent years making an appearance in Charleston.

“With the political climate, the way it is in Washington, D.C., it’s pilfered down to the state level and it’s not a whole lot of fun anymore,” Prezioso told another media outlet.

That’s not his style. And good for him.

Just this year, during the budget process, Prezioso was a quiet voice of caution. He warned about over-optimistic revenue projections — and it turns out he was right. But he did not engage in some of the political theater that has become so popular as of late.

“I think we need him down there… I’m very disheartened by it,” one of his colleagues told The Times West Virginian in Fairmont.

As a leader of the loyal opposition during the past few years, Prezioso has earned the respect of his colleagues, of both parties. We wish him well — but also wish he’d reconsider.