This Sunday this blog is hosting a Mayoral debate and has invited those candidates who have been discussed regularly on this blog.
Candidate Walter Moore, who has qualified to have his campaign financed partially with your tax dollars, has refused to participate in our debate. We're not quite sure why but Walter owes it to the voters and taxpayers to show up and be questioned along with the other candidates by our esteemed panel.
It's ironic because it was only four years ago when Walter first ran for Mayor and was shut out of the debates. It was this blog and others who championed that Walter should be included in the debates even though we did not support his candidacy at that time. You can read that here and here and here. Even Villaraigosa stalwart MEAT agreed Walter should have got his shot at the podium.
After Moore lost that election, we here at the Sister City gave him a platform that helped boost his name recognition and awareness among those who follow these sort of things. Walter blogged at Mayor Sam until he left when I wouldn't yield to his demands for making policy changes to the blog.
All of that being said, Walter should debate. David Hernandez and David "Zuma Dogg" Saltsburg have shown they value the voters and have agreed to participate. Though Walter has declined, our offer stands up until 1:30 on Sunday. Walter is welcome to be part of the discussion.