September 20, 2006

Patrick Kennedy Ducks Debates

Carroll Andrew Morse

All too unsurprisingly, Congressman Patrick Kennedy is looking to limit any serious discussion of the issues in his re-election campaign to the least-visible format possible -- a format arguably even less visible than blogs, if such a thing is possible! This is from a Jon Scott campaign press release...

Jonathan Scott, Republican challenger for the RI First District Congressional seat currently held by Patrick Kennedy, won his primary on September 12, 2006 and immediately called for a series of debates with the incumbent. That challenge was met today with an offer to appear on the cable access "Glen Medeiros Show", a show hosted by a close personal friend of the Congressman.

Mr. Scott has turned down this offer, as he does not feel that it is the proper venue for such an important debate and further exemplifies Mr. Kennedy's history of rewarding his friends and ignoring those who do not afford him favorable treatment.

During the 2004 race, Mr. Kennedy agreed to do a pair of debates on the "Glen Medeiros Show" with then challenger, David Rogers. The host did not allow Mr. Rogers to voice his views without interruption in the first of the series and the challenger then chose not to appear on the second. In lieu of a fair debate, Medeiros placed an empty chair on the set and he and Kennedy, in bizarre fashion, would ask the empty chair to answer questions. Neither show demonstrated that the host wished to even appear neutral.

Mr. Scott has this to say about the less-than-good-faith offer…
It is ridiculous to think that the Congressman can make the time to appear on a limited viewership cable access show, hosted by a personal friend, but he can't use that same time to tape a debate hosted by a neutral party from a network news service. I believe that we need a series of debates in a forum that allows the broadest audience possible to get a look at their candidates and our views on the issues.

Glen Medeiros may as well be on Patrick's staff. The debates in '04 should have carried a paid for by friends of Patrick Kennedy line, or at least he should have had to report it as an in-kind donation

The Kennedy and Scott campaigns have agreed, so far, to a single debate, to be held on October 27, 2006, arranged by the League of Women Voters. However, the Kennedy camapaign has not indicated any intention to use the time allocated for the cable-access debates for any higher profile or more neutral events. Mr. Scott is disappointed by the decision of an elected representative to hide from public view…
While I am happy that Mr. Kennedy has agreed to a debate in a suitable venue, I do not believe that October 27 gives voters the best opportunity to completely explore both candidacies. It's very late and close to Election Day. I hope to meet the Congressman in debate much sooner and with one of the network news services hosting. Giving the public more information can only be better for the political process.
Clearly, Congressman Kennedy and his supporters have decided that the less people see of the Congressman, the better his chances of re-election are.

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Mr. Scott,

You need to release a press release with Patrick's quote from his press statement after his little substance abuse problem where he said he would surround himself with people 24/7 because he can't trust his own 'judgement'.

Then, in the next paragraph, request that, since he won't debate you in prime time at an appropriate date, you be allowed to debate those that he surrounds himself with since he's relying on THEIR judgement, they would be qualified to speak for him.

Posted by: Greg at September 20, 2006 1:11 PM

Patrick Kennedy will win re-election by a landslide.

Posted by: Ted at September 20, 2006 4:35 PM

Of course he will. He's the poster child for the typical Rhode Islander. He's a functional idiot who thinks he's better than everyone else.

Posted by: Greg at September 20, 2006 4:43 PM


That may be true, if his campaign succeeds in their strategy of hiding their candidate from the public as much as possible.

In fact, Rep. Kennedy may even be hiding from Congress, considering he was not present for any of the floor votes taken in the House of Representatives today.

Posted by: Andrew at September 20, 2006 4:47 PM

Our US Congressman proposes to debate his opponent on the Glen Medeiros cable show? I'm speechless.

Posted by: SusanD at September 20, 2006 11:37 PM