Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Ducking Debates

I read an interesting letter to the Editor in the Potomac News yesterday. As some may recall, Ron Robinson ran against Hilda Barg for the Woodbridge seat on the Prince William BOCS in 2003. In his letter, he reminds us that Ms. Barg refused to debate him during their race and has, to date, ignored Jeff Frederick's request to debate as well. I understand, all too well, that campaigns are time-consuming and must be planned out meticulously to be successful. Scheduling debates between campaigns and agreeing on format is often tricky business. Having said that, there is absolutely no excuse for someone aspiring to an office as significant as House Delegate to refuse to debate their opponent in a public forum. As Ron notes: "We don't need the Lincoln-Douglas debates, but a single televised debate on the local access cable channel isn't asking too much." He also calls on the Potomac News to make public Ms. Barg's refusal, though I think we can all agree that they are frequently "selective" in what they deem as newsworthy. On a side note, here's hoping that Ron does give another run serious consideration. He's a good guy.


At 9/28/2005 09:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad more citizens can't spend time at BOCS meetings - they might learn WHY Hilda won't debate.

Look at her at the BOCS meetings the next time there is a complex or controversial issue - she takes her cue from Jenkins - she has for years.

She's become much more adept at it than she used to be. She used to just sit "with her hands in her lap" and wait for Jenkins to give her the nod to speak, or she'd wait until Jenkins had voted, look at the board, and then vote. It was so obvious as to border on hilarious (if it wasn't just so sad).

A few times when she's spoken, she's said more than she's supposed to, after having gotten the nod from Jenkins. It's only a matter of seconds before Jenkins' face turns red & he looks like his head is gonna blow right off his neck.

At 9/28/2005 09:31:00 AM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...


Interesting revelations. Insofar as Mr. Jenkins won't be going to Richmond, do we really want her representing us, if this is true? As far as I'm concerned, this is exactly why debates as a must. It isn't just about where the candidates stand on the issues. It's about how well they can articulate and sell their positions. It's great to have a representative that agrees with you, but if they can't get anything done because that can't sell your disctrict's needs, it's a moot point

At 9/28/2005 08:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree with the analysis re: JJ. That may have been true before, but during the last term, it was Wilbourne and these days, she takes her cues from Maureen.


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