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Friday, October 20, 2006

Brad Sherman Ducks Debate

At a Pierce College candidate forum in Woodland Hills last night, Rep. Brad Sherman angrily refused to debate his Republican challenger Peter Hankwitz, claiming that he is more concerned with helping elect Democrats in other districts and other states. In a testy exchange with Hankwitz offstage, Sherman angrily declared, “I’ll debate Doolittle, but I’ll never debate you!” referring to Republican Rep. John Doolittle from northern California.

Peter Hankwitz commented, “I am not surprised that Brad Sherman ducked my challenge for a public debate because he’s been doing that for months. But to tell his own constituents that he didn’t care enough about them or their issues to take the time to debate is shocking. Quite frankly, it is the height of arrogance and a sign that Brad Sherman has been in Washington, D.C. far too long. If I am elected, I will never forget that I work for my neighbors in the 27th District.”

The candidate forum was sponsored by the Women’s Organization Coalition. In addition to speeches by Hankwitz and Sherman, the forum featured discussions on seven statewide ballot initiatives, as well as presentations by Assembly and State Senate Candidates from the San Fernando Valley.

At one point during the program, a frustrated Sherman expressed dismay that Hankwitz was not in lockstep with traditional Republican positions on certain social issues, implying that Hankwitz should switch parties.

Hankwitz stated, “Brad Sherman made it clear last night that he is a politician, not a representative. He has always cared about partisan politics more than he has about the issues facing the San Fernando Valley and that is why he has been so ineffective during his decade in Washington, D.C. I think we can do better and, after last night, I would bet there are about 100 voters in Woodland Hills who think we can do better also.”


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

Democrats like Sherman are "CUT AND RUNNING" from the issues which Republicans have sway over(ie economy, defense, taxes). All the "DUMMYCRATS" can state are supposed scandels of the GOP. Scandelides runs on the "TAPES". National Dems on Foley. Yet, gas prices are down. Wall Street is bursting through the 12,000 level. Plus the debt is lower. "VOTE GOP!"

October 20, 2006 1:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Brad Sherman is a dour, humourless dweeb. If he stands still too long someone will draw a chalk line around him.

October 20, 2006 2:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

David Z Man is the best LA reporters so says LA Times magazine. Yes he is. WE need more like him. No Open Thread Mayor Sam so here you go!!!!

laweekly.com.....Before Brewer had even been selected, the mayor’s camp pressed the Los Angeles Times to investigate whether the sailor had ties to school district contractors, according to three district officials, who would not be identified. Michael Trujillo, an apparatchik for the mayor’s campaign committee, called one school-construction firm himself to determine whether Brewer has a personal relationship with Jim McConnell, the former construction czar for L.A. Unified who now heads a school-development firm. Hours before district officials named Brewer, they found themselves trying to counter a hatchet job, telling the Times that their pick did not personally know McConnell, a former military man himself.

October 20, 2006 2:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hi Mayor Sam!

This is off topic, but I thought you'd like to see this about the Big New Endorsement for Chuck Poochicken: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUU6LkAliVY

October 20, 2006 3:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gas prices are down??? Compared to WHAT???

You raise them from $1:30 to $3:30 then down to $2.50 and claim they're down?

Boy you think we're stupid!

October 22, 2006 1:21 PM  

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