Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Not Open to Debate

No Rebuttles Hell hath no fury like a League of Women Voters scorned.

The League sponsors debates every election cycle, inviting incumbent officeholders to defend their records. And every year those incumbents don't show up.

Well, wise guys, this year is going to be different. The Shaw Media talked to LWV member Gail Kalinich and ...
the leagues representing Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Naperville, Elmhurst, Palatine, Downers Grove, Woodridge, Lisle, McHenry County and central Kane County decided they would use their collective clout to accumulate as many candidates as possible to speak Oct. 16 to the public at a joint forum in Glen Ellyn. So far, Kalinich said, it has been a success, gaining RSVPs from the vast majority of candidates in contested seats in the districts in their area.
League of Women Voters groups join forces to press candidates into forum participation
One candidate NOT-RSVPing is Lake County's vestigial Congressman, Peter Roskam. Your LakeCountyEye has learned that Roskam will not be attending, and sends his regrets. If this one is like any of the past ten or so debates that Roskam has dodged, he had plenty of regrets to choose from:
Peter Roskam's 10 Most Often Used Excuses for Declining an Invitation to Debate
  1. He does not support the 19th Amendment.

  2. Important Hair Club for Men meeting scheduled same night.

  3. ... Keynote Speaker: Donald Trump

  4. Does not believe the voters have a right to choose.

  5. Can't cross a CTU picket line.

  6. Inadvertently typed BENGHAZI into the GPS.

  7. Sorry I missed you on my telephone town hall. I hope you can join me next time.

  8. Can we relocate the debate to Taiwan? No? How about Myanmar?

  9. Will debate only after tax audit is complete.

  10. "Oh, absolutely. My people will call your people."
Look for your LakeCountyEye at the LWV candidate's debate, Glen Ellyn, Oct 16 ... haha, j/k.

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