Carver County candidates shun debates

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 13, 2012 - 7:00 PM

Candidates in four of five Carver County Board districts refused to appear at League of Women Voters forums, alleging lack of impartiality.

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dmyttyOct. 13, 12 8:40 PM

Frank Long must surely be a weak candidate to be so intimidated by 'the grey haired ladies'. It's an art form to look down at your nose at constituents and civic activists while simultaneously crawling in the gutter.

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csmathesOct. 13, 12 8:43 PM

Low information candidates, hoping that low information voters, vote for them. Pathetic! Quite a niche you've carved out for yourself, teabaggers.

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badgerfan2Oct. 13, 12 9:27 PM

They should hold the debates without them, as I'm sure an empty chair is as insightful as these candidates are. Conservatives have gone completely mad, and you can thank right wing radio and fox news for it.

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bobblumenfelOct. 13, 1210:09 PM

"But Long and others who signed the letter insist that the league must partner with a conservative co-sponsor such as "the Tea Party organization or possibly the Voices of Conservative Women" for the forums to be balanced and evenhanded." The problem with that reasoning is that the two suggested groups are categorically right-wing, while the L of WV is just viewed as left-wing by the candidates. Giving the rabid right-wingers a say in the debates would be turning the debates over to them. Remember how willing to compromise the Tea Party was in Congress?

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cccp47Oct. 14, 12 2:06 AM

One has to wonder what kind of representative a candidate will be who will not attend a public forum and answer questions from voters.

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cdeesendOct. 14, 1210:37 AM

This is a real battle in Carver County. Rep. Ernie Leidiger recently disrupted and bullied a forum at a senior high rise shouting that the league was brainwashing and frightening the attendees. What has happened to civil discourse? Why can we not disagree without being disagreeable?

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mlincOct. 14, 1212:32 PM

This isn't just happening in Carver County. In HD 33B our forum has been cancelled because Tea Party candidate Cindy Pugh has refused to debate Denise Bader. Maybe the Tea Party are afraid of tough questions about their extreme views. The same extreme views and positions that led to a shutdown at the Capital this year.

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eman2001Oct. 14, 1212:48 PM

AAUW (American Association of University Women), YWCA, and League of Women Voters seem like nonpartisan organizations, but their ranks are filled with hard-line feminists who definitely have a point of view, and it surely isn't conservative.

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wardnjuneOct. 14, 12 1:26 PM

Another low-information candidate using a noun (Democrat) when an adjective (Democratic) is needed. As in Democratic Party. That's the name coined by Thomas Jefferson, Frank. Learn it.

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wilsontreesOct. 15, 12 8:49 AM

An embarrassment to Carver County! What's so scary is that at least of few of them will win.

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