6th District Congressional Candidates to Debate

The three candidates competing for the Democratic nomination in the Sixth District U.S. House race will debate at least twice in the next few weeks.

Teresa Sue Bratton of Greensboro, Johnny Carter of Summerfield and Jay Ovittore of Greensboro have all agreed to participate in debates to be held in Greensboro and Asheboro; a third meeting may also be scheduled. All will be open to the public at no charge.

The first round will take place on Tuesday, March 25, at 8 p.m. in Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Auditorium of the Frank Family Science Center at Guilford College.

The second debate will take place Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at the Democratic Party Headquarters for the Randolph County Democratic Party, 125 North Church Street, Asheboro.

Mac Whatley, Chair of the Randolph County Democratic Party, will moderate.

That moderator, of course, being yours truly, I'm here soliciting questions and advice from Blue NCers about what you'd like to see happen in these events.

The debates are being presented by the 6th Congressional District of the North Carolina Democratic Party, but we're rank amateurs in this debate business, as am I in the role of moderator. So if there are groundrules you'd like to suggest, send 'em on. That also goes for questions.

My understanding is that there will be reporters from the Greensboro and Asheboro newspapers asking questions at the second debate. I'm told by Wayne Abraham, 6th district chair, that they asked a Moore County newspaper to come, too, but they refused. Anybody down there aching to throw questions at the candidates, let us know!

If you're interested in sending Howard to his retirement a couple of years early, please come on to the debates and work getting these candidates up to speed!

Comments

I'm concerned that the Moore County paper refused to come.

What's up with that? Perhaps Momo and I can put some pressure on them to send someone up there.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Uh

its a Democratic debate, right? The Pilot is too busy stirring up trouble about zoning and church politics to bother itself with a Democratic debate... In fairness, they did print a very brief article mentioning Obama was in town last night.

My brother is the Director

of the fitness center where Obama worked out and played b'ball with troops from Ft. Bragg. John is an ex-marine, right leaning unaffiliated voter who almost never votes for a Democrat. He called me last night (I was in Durham at a conference, damnit,) to let me know I might want to be at the Center at 7 am this morning. He made me guess why. Unfortunately, I couldn't make it, can you believe that? But my brother, his wife, and his kids all got to meet Obama. John said he felt like he (Obama) is a good, honest man, and was telling the truth about everything, and that was more than he could say for any of the others. (his opinion.) He gave him big props for spending lots of time before and after the b'ball game talking to the soldiers from Braqg and the staff from the Center, even though his campaign staff wanted him to leave. My neice and nephew got their picture taken with him. I'll post it when I get a copy. (Niece Maegan says: "He's TALL").

I can't be certain, but I believe Senator Obama won over my brother by showing concern for the members of the military who were there today. John did not expect that from a bleeding heart liberal commie Democrat. :)

And the Pilot should have had better coverage. Maybe they didn't have enough time to get it to press.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Brian Deaton, the President of the Moore County

Democratic Party sent an email to me earlier today asking that I email this info to all Moore County Dems. The write-up he had was ok but this one is better with a little something interesting thrown in about the Pilot. So I copied and pasted this in a email to all MCDems along with the newspaper editor's phone number and email address. Maybe we can get a few people asking why the Pilot doesn't think that this is important.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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I have just received a phone call from the editor

of our local paper. There has been a misunderstanding because they plan on sending John Chappell to the debate. Steve Bouser informed me that they hesitated at first because they thought that there would be a debate in Moore County and of course they would have covered that.

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More from the Pilot

Steve Bouser the editor just blogged on the subject

Sometimes the writer of a letter to the editor criticizing someone else will want to include the phone number (maybe even the home phone number) of the criticizee, urging readers to call and harass said person. We decline to go along with that, considering it an unfair tactic.

Now I find myself on the receiving end of such a tactic. Please get the facts before you react...

Wayne Abraham, 6th district Chair, confirmed to me

an hour ago that John Chappell of the Pilot would in fact be a questioner at the Randolph County debate, along with J.D. Walker of the Asheboro Courier-Tribune.

My understanding is that they would like the third debate, if there is one, to be located in the Burlington/ Elon College area. The 6th district is pretty spread out, isn't it?

Wayne seemed to be surprised that blogging appears to get more immediate results than phone calls. Thanks for all the help there, folks!

Do you know if John Chappell was requested?

Because that is what I was told. My reaction was "Why John Chappell?" He's not exactly the person the Dem party here would have picked.

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John Chappell is the last person I would have selected.

His highly biased and inaccurate articles on the race for District Attorney make me question his ability as a reporter and his objectivity when it comes to political issues.

But I guess you take what you can get.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Greensboro, Asheboro, and then Elon/Burlington?

All in the Triad area - or at least what I consider the Triad. In the interest of encouraging high voter turnout and interest in all areas of the 6th district, I would encourage "them" to consider having a third debate in Carthage or Southern Pines.

The Moore County Democratic Party is active and growing, and can be a force for change in the 6th District.

As for blogging being more effective than phone calls, it is my understanding that the phone calls that came from the 6th district folks were quite demanding and unpleasant towards The Pilot. It would be a good thing to remember that when you're dealing with the press.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

It's a shame that Moore County gets so ignored by the 6th.

We are the red-headed step children. We worked very hard last cycle, and delivered the biggest percentage of vote for Rory Blake outside of Guilford County. And yet we are routinely ignored and denigrated by the District Leadership. Mark my words. That will change.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Shoulda kept you in the 8th

Moore fits right in with the rest of the 8th....Mecklenburg is the red-headed step child in that district. :D

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Darn right.

There are a lot of folks in Moore Co. that wish we were still part of the 8th. You see a lot of Kissell bumper stickers here.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Thanks Linda and James

for leaving a comment on Steve's blog. I did not give out his home phone number btw, but I wouldn't need to, he's listed in the phone book!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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