Patrick Kennedy on Why He Has Better Things to do With His Time than Explain His Positions to the Public
Patrick Kennedy just explained to WPRO radio why he refuses to debate his opponent…
Debates at this stage are usually theatre and gotcha games.Unbelievably, Congressman Kennedy made this statement while spending the day with actor Martin Sheen!
So Congressman Kennedy considers discussing issues with his opponent in front of the public to be theatre.
Yet he considers traveling around his district in the company of an actor to be a substantive use of his time — or maybe he just doesn’t care about keeping the public informed.
The Congressman, you may recall, just voted to spend $700 billion on a financial bailout for private businesses. His opponent, Jon Scott, has some ideas about how that money could have been better spent. Various members of the public may also have some ideas about how the $700 billion could have been spent, or if it should have been spent at all.
Doesn’t Congressman Kennedy, at the very least, owe the public an explanation before the election of how he intends to see that the bailout money is well spent? Or does he consider the ideas of fiscal oversight and government accountability to be mere theatre as well?
Here’s the series of debates that Jon Scott has proposed, where Congressman Kennedy could explain to the public how he thinks Congress should approach oversight of the bailout money, along with other issues…
Scott has challenged Kennedy to a series of four debates; one on Radio’s Buddy Cianci Show, one on Channel 10’s Sunday morning show hosted by Jim Taricani and Bill Rappleye, one hosted by the League of Women Voters (which will not happen) and a 90 minute debate with only a timekeeper, no moderator, to be hosted at Brown University. Kennedy’s spokeswoman has repeatedly denied that there has been a formal request for those debates yet the text of the formal request has been widely circulated and was sent to Kennedy at his campaign email at KennedyforRI.comThere’s still time to get most of these scheduled, if the Congressman Kennedy is interested in keeping the public substantively informed on what’s going on in government.