I was a bit disappointed the other day, when I read in the Winchester Star, that Sen. Jill H. Vogel is unwilling to debate her Democrat opponent Shaun Broy. Why Not?? I’d certainly attend the event. I want to make an informed choice when I pull the lever on Election Day.
I am a member of a small local TEA Party and we invited Shaun to speak before our group, along with Republicans Randy Minchew & John Whitbeck. I found Shaun to be a serious, articulate & well meaning candidate. I liked his support of term limits & the 2nd amendment. There were issues I did not agree with. That aside, what is the harm in politicians standing at the podium & providing their constituents with information on their positions.
My disappointment was only exacerbated when I learned that the Virginia Associated Press (AP) Managing Editors and Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association (VCCA) were going to host a debate between George Allen (R) & Tim Kaine (D) in December. The Primaries aren’t even close to being decided and only these two are debating?? Why isn’t the forum open to Democratic candidate & Marine Corps veteran Courtney Lynch or Julien Modica a health care advocate? There are several good candidates on the GOP side of the fence. Jamie Radtke a TEA Party favorite, E. W. Jackson a Christian conservative, Tim Donner a successful businessman and David McCormick a professional Lawyer.
Are we now letting the media pick the “presumptuous” nominees of both the democratic AND republican parties months ahead of the primaries?
The citizens of Virginia deserve to hear all the policy positions that will frame this next election cycle, both 2011 & 2012. We need candidates and media outlets to help us with open & honest discussion, not predetermined & restrictive information sources.
TEA Party Member