From the Wall Street Journal:
Incumbents have come up with some unusual strategies to avoid debates in this election.
Take Democrat Norm Dicks, a 34-year veteran of the House from Washington State. You'd think he'd be eager to tout all he has done for his Tacoma district, but this past Monday he pulled out of a debate with his GOP opponent after the local newspaper had announced he would attend. Mr. Dicks' office sent a representative to the debate who told the 300 people in attendance that his boss had to miss the event to cast "several important votes" back in Washington. The only problem is that there were no votes scheduled for Monday or Tuesday of this week. While the debate was going on, Mr. Dicks was actually in Everett, a city outside his district, meeting with a group of unionized Boeing employees.
Doug Cloud, Mr. Dicks' opponent, took full advantage of the Congressman's absence. "I'm drawing a line in the sand and Norm Dicks doesn't want to face that line and the mistakes he's made," he told the audience for the aborted debate.
(H/T: Steve Beren)
The people of Kitsap County have been unrepresented by this buffoon of a man for THIRTY-TWO years. You would think the man could pony up a few minutes of his day to debate his challenger, in front of 300 of his constituents.
What a WUSSY. Kick him out of office Kitsap. The man already has a giant, plush office building (that remains half empty, wasting tax payer dollars of course) named after himself, it's time to retire his drunk ass, pardon my language. (It's a well known "secret" that ol' Dicks is a total drunk.)
One thing you can do now, before you get your ballots, is to call his offices and ask why 1.) he missed a debate with his challenger, 2.) he lied about his whereabouts, and 3.) we should rehire a liar such as himself. Call his office today and call them next week because he needs to be accountable to the people he pretends to represent.
Contact Norm Dicks
Washington DC: 202-225-5916
Port Angeles: 360-452-3370
This just in: Jay Inslee in the 1st Congressional District in WA refuses to debate his challenger too!! From James Watkins' campaign:
Inslee’s Avoidance of Public Debates No Joke
LYNNWOOD—James Watkins, candidate for the 1st congressional district has responded to Jay Inslee’s strange assertion that Watkins diminishes the value of community forums, and he presses Inslee to face the voters in a debate.
Watkins says, “I’ve been enthusiastically attending community forums and other unfiltered events open to the public since January. I’ve only seen Jay at one public candidate event, where he came late, but just in time to answer one question. Community-minded groups inviting all the local candidates to a meeting on behalf of voters is no joke. But for Jay Inslee to substitute this format for a full debate when our future is hanging in the balance is a serious display of bad faith on the part of a ‘people’s representative.’”
Watkins believes this is just another tactic Inslee is using to hide his record from voters.
“I’m sure Inslee would love his allotted six minutes at the next forum to be devoted to discussing the six-minute time slot rather than issues voters are interested in,” says Watkins. “He would much rather do that than explain why he voted for the largest deficit in U.S. history, a pork-laden stimulus plan that created no jobs, and a national energy tax on working families.”
The Watkins campaign has been requesting debates of Inslee since the primary election in August. Inslee refused to debate Watkins until, pressured by the media last week, he made a vague commitment to attend candidate forums which limit the engagement between candidates and one debate late in the election season.
Watkins stands with 1st District voters in supporting good government principles of transparency, independence, and fiscal responsibility. Inslee voted for a budget with a $1.34 trillion deficit and took no significant action as Boeing cut 30,000 jobs.
Watkins is the only candidate that has fostered the creation of new private-sector jobs. At the federal level he cut government spending as an FDIC troubleshooter. For more information on James Watkins, visit www.WatkinsForCongress.com.