Friday, July 09, 2010

Barletta wants 5 debates again

It's déjà vu all over again. In the 2008 campaign Republican candidate Lou Barletta wanted 5 debates , one in each of the five counties Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Monroe of the 11th Congressional District but Congressman Paul Kanjorski's camp would only agree to one on WVIA just before election day.

That worked out so well last time that Barletta has put out the same proposal this time.

Hazleton, PA Hazleton Mayor and 11th Congressional District candidate Lou Barletta challenged Paul Kanjorski to a series of five debates – one in each county of the district.
“It’s very simple. Either Mr. Kanjorski believes he has a record that he can defend and has the courage to meet me in a debate or he does not,” Mayor Barletta said. “Will he accept my challenge – yes or no? Does Mr. Kanjorski think the people of the 11th Congressional District deserve at least five hours of his time between now and November? If so, he should agree today, right now, to these debates.”

Here is what Mayor Barletta is proposing:

• One 60-minute debate in each of the five counties (Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Monroe) of the 11th Congressional District. The WVIA-TV debate scheduled for Oct. 28 will count as the Luzerne County debate.
• Debates will be open to the public and members of the media.
• Campaigns can negotiate terms and format.

.“Kanjorski will no doubt brush this off and say there will be time for debates, and he will say his staff will handle the requests. After 26 years in Congress, can’t he just tell you yes or no, right now, to five debates over the next four months?” asked Shawn Kelly, a spokesman for Mayor Barletta’s campaign.

Kanjo spokesman Ed Mitchell gave the usual answer to the debate challenge:

“The congressman’s first priority is representing the people of the Northeastern Pennsylvania and believes there will be plenty of time for politics and campaigning in the months ahead.”

I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that the only debate we will see between the candidates will be on Oct. 28th at WVIA.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here is what a veteran Congressman can do for us little people. Kanjorski has now put the power of banks making us pay to bail them out as a thing of the past, please read this story.

I dont need Barletta and his powerful buddies getting in my pocket any longer!