As noted in an earlier post today, four Republican Carver County Commissioner candidates have withdrawn from the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum on October 2, citing the League’s “decidedly leftist” views on policy issues and claim that the questions in past LWV forums “presumes an agreement with your world view”.
Well, let’s put that to the test, shall we? I went back to the video of the 2010 League of Women Voters County Commissioner Forum and took a look at the questions they were asked. (The Commissioner video starts at about the 45:00 mark).
Here are the six questions that were asked (not including the opening and closing statements):
- Considering the decrease in aid from the State, what are your priorities for Carver County?
- Carver has been a rural county. How do we maintain the rural/urban balance?
- The Carver County Community Development Agency (CDA) is responsible for community and economic development in the County. Please assess the CDA’s record and suggest ways that it could change its operations.
- Do you feel that the decision to underwrite $10.8 million in bonds for the Oak Grove City Center project in Norwood-Young America was the correct one given the current economic conditions and the significant opposition of residents?
- Are you in favor of keeping the Public Health, Land, and Water Services Department in Chaska or moving them outside of Chaska and why?
- The 2011 County budget includes a 1.5% pay raise for county employees. How do you justify this given the current economic environment?
These questions don’t seem “decidedly leftist” to me, nor do they assume a leftist world view. In fact, two of the questions directly challenge spending decisions made by the then-current County Board. All six questions allowed Republican candidates to talk about their vision of government and to advocate for the spending cuts they desired.
So what we’re seeing here from Messrs. Workman, Long, Beaudette, and Walter isn’t a legitimate gripe about the League putting its thumb on the scale. It’s an attempt to duck real debate and to only have to talk to those within the conservative bubble. The whole world, I’m afraid, doesn’t live there. Sometimes, you have to talk to and even answer questions from people who don’t approvingly swallow everything you tell them.
It’s telling, of course, to note that the folks who the four candidates cite approvingly (the SW Metro Tea Party and Voices of Conservative Women) do endorse candidates and one of them has a PAC that spends on behalf of candidates. We’re to believe that these organizations are more inclined to give a neutral platform? Delusional is the word that come to mind.
The tough-talking fellas of the Carver County GOP need to grow up and show that they understand what it means to be an elected official. If the ladies of LWV can make them cower and run away, they don’t stand much of a chance of actually solving the problems they claim exist in county government.
[UPDATE]: The date of the forum was listed incorrectly above. It has been corrected.