This is a blog I never thought I would write. I'm an unpaid volunteer for the Jim Neal campaign - but after seeing a torrent of emails and press releases from State Sen. Kay Hagan’s campaign claiming she “won the debate” at Craven Community College, I just had to speak up. We CAN do better than this.
I’m not sure whoever wrote her press release was listening to the same debate I was. Listen and decide for yourself at http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/pre/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTIC...
Senator Hagan didn’t win the debate – but she proved she’s capable of repeating focus-group tested lines crafted by her Washington consultants – show stoppers like “Washington is broken.”
Well Senator Hagan, here’s the news: Raleigh is broken too.
After all, it was Senator Hagan in Raleigh who took thousands of dollars from Duke Energy, then voted to stick consumers with the cost of building Duke’s mega-polluting coal-fired plants. You don’t have to take a "financial literacy class" to know that’s a bad deal for North Carolina’s hard working families.
Senator Hagan isn’t sure where she stands on U.S. government sanctioned torture. As for the Bush Administration’s illegal wiretapping – she’d give the phone companies a pass. Just like Senator Dole.
Ask Senator Hagan about children’s health insurance, and the first thing she thinks about is cigarette companies and how she wouldn’t tax them. She’d put cigarettes before kids. Just like Senator Dole.
These issues were never talked about at the forum - because Senator Hagan changed the ground rules as a precondition of her appearing.
As a matter of record, these organizations have offered debates, and we haven't heard anything from the Hagan campaign - she clearly wants to avoid discussing issues (in fact, I'm not sure I've heard her take a principled stand ON a single issue). I'm just trying to figure out why she has refused to agree to debate on WTVD Eyewitness News in Durham, Big Talker FM Radio in Wilmington, the State Democratic Party African American Caucus and the Young Democrats of North Carolina. (Maybe we could ask her communications direction, Colleen Flanagan @ 336-617-5301)
I hope people in the media and the blogosphere hold Senator Hagan accountable and demand real answers, not the carefully parsed, poll-tested bunkum her consultants are peddling.
We’ve had too much of that already from politicians in Washington – and Raleigh. The people of North Carolina deserve better.