Today I attended another candidate forum, sponsored by the Cary Chamber of Commerce. Once again Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers was a no-show. Democrat Steve Wilkins was there, as has been his practiced, even though he also had an appointment at WRAL-TV to tape a segment. That’s the excuse Rep. Ellmers gave for not appearing.
Of course, WRAL did not invite me, nor have they returned my phone calls asking for an explanation.
George McGovern, the Democratic Party’s last anti-war candidate, died today. Sadly, McGovern’s obits will focus on his disastrous 1972 bid for the White House, when he only got 17 electoral votes, and not his anti-war activism. Libertarian author David Boaz wrote this tribute.
In the Grass Roots North Carolina candidate evaluations I scored 98 to Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers 87, we both got 4 stars, but in keeping with the GRNC’s usual practice, they endorsed her. Congrats to fellow Libertarian Daryl Holman in CD1 who actually did get a GRNC endorsement.
The Pilot in Southern Pines printed this voting guide produced by the Moore County League of Women Voters.
WRAL.com has a My Ballot page on their website, with videos from only the major party candidates.
And finally, although the News & Observer did not mention me at all in their editorial “non-endorsement” of any candidate in the CD2 race, they did include me in both their online and in-print voter guide. Of course, that’s because the guides were produced by the truly nonpartisan and objective N.C. Center for Voter Education.
The News & Observer did not endorse any candidate in the 2nd Congressional district — but neither did they mention me at all in the editorial. Here is what I wrote them and posted as a comment online:
N&O editorial writers should do more thorough research, or at least read the N&Os own online voter guide, so they have complete information on the races before writing their editorial candidate endorsements. They apparently couldn’t find enough difference between two of the candidates in the 2nd Congressional District to endorse either.
Perhaps this was because they were unaware there’s a third candidate in the race, Libertarian Brian Irving. Either that or they deliberately ignored the fact because they would have had to let readers know there was candidate with significantly different, some would say radical, views. And that might have made their non-endorsement more difficult.
Or this oversight simply could be in keeping with the paper’s apparent policy to completely ignore Libertarian candidates altogether. In three full-page stories, the N&O has made an excruciating attempt to report on the supposed differences between the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates without evening mentioning Libertarian Barbara Howe.
Journalistic integrity demands, and North Carolina voters deserve, better, fairer and more complete reporting.
As a P.S. I know the N&O company knows I’m running because I received a solicitation to purchase advertising.
I’m looking forward to being a guest on WEEB AM 990 radio tomorrow from 8:40-9 a.m. on the Morning Show with Steve Leader and Aaron Regan. The talk station covers a large portion of the Sandhills and all of Congressional District 2. This will be a great opportunity. You can listen online here.
Tomorrow is the deadline to register to vote for the November election. Go here to get more information or check your voter registration. Please don’t miss this opportunity. Your vote is the most precious thing you can give to anyone seeking office.
At this point, I strongly urge you to go directly to your county Board of Elections and fill out the registration form in person before close of business tomorrow.
Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers is apparently unwilling to debate her Democratic opponent in the 2nd Congressional District, according to the News & Observer. Steve Wilkins told the newspaper that Ellmers has turned down an invitation to debate on WTVD-TV.
I feel your pain Mr. Wilkins. I believe all ballot-qualified candidates should agree to debate, anywhere and in any venue, and that the media has a duty and obligation to cover all candidates fairly and equally. I think all ballot-qualified candidates should be invited to debates by the sponsors and organizers.
Unfortunately, WTVD and WRAL apparently don’t believe that. I wasn’t invited to take part in the WTVD debate. Nor will WRAL allow me to tape a video for their online candidate guide, a service they’ve offered to the Republican and Democratic candidates.
I believe anyone in office, or seeking office, has a duty and responsibility to accept any and all invitations to speak to groups and especially to debate. Mrs. Ellmers herself has noted that she’s new to the district due to redistricting. That should make such personal contact even more important.
The model I’m using for my campaign is the same model I will use if elected, that of the citizen-servant envisioned by our nation’s founders when they wrote the Constitution.
No amount of flashy TV advertising can substitute for actually meeting and talking with your constituents.
WRAL.com just debuted a section called MyBallot where voters can view a side-by-side comparison of the response from the candidates who’ll be on their ballot. It includes some 147 candidates in 87 races.
This is a very good resources, and it does include Libertarians. However, WRAL continues its discriminatory policy of excluding all but the establishment parties from its primary news coverage. They invited the major party candidates to record a short video, but did not invite third party candidates.
While predictable its a curious and inconsistent development, since I did record a video for the primary even though there was no Libertarian primary.
Chatham Partnership for Children
A special thanks to the Chatham Partnership for Children for recording these remarks I made Sept. 24 at their candidate forum.