|Congressman John Tierney |
says debate is good but
has a history of dodging it
Barring divine intervention, that winner is going to be Bill Hudak.
In his formal invitation to debate, Congressman Tierney states:
"I believe strongly that the voters of the Sixth Congressional District deserve to have the issues debated by the candidates who seek to represent them. Despite the efforts of one of you, I am disappointed there has not been a debate before your Republican primary election."Congressman Tierney feigns disappointment, subtly referencing Bill Hudak having not debated his opponent. Tierney's hypocrisy is evident when one realizes that a mere four years prior, Black & Right states in, "John Tierney: Coward in the House", that Tierney openly dodged 4 requests for a debate by his then challenger, Rick Barton.
The article states,
Barton is justifiably frustrated, “Congressman John Tierney has refused to participate in any of the four debates that have been requested by The League of Women Voters chapters in Bedford and Cape Ann, B’nai B’rith of Beverly, and the Brooksby Village Retirement Community. In a move, clearly designed to hide from his voting record and position on the issues, Mr. Tierney is denying the voters of this district an opportunity to judge for themselves who would best serve this district in Washington. Furthermore, he has failed to live up to his stated positions prior to his election to office.That behavior is in DIRECT contrast to what Congressman Tierney stated in his formal invitation to debate the winner of the Republican primary. Tierney says one thing, but does the other...
John Tierney continues
Vigorous debate is essential for the voters to understand the choices in this election ..... I sincerely hope that you will recognize the importance and value of debating the issues to the voters of the Sixth Congressional District.Black & Right's article continues,
There is no reason an incumbent need indulge a challenger and participate in a debate. Submitting to a debate has numerous potential pitfalls for an incumbent.There has been no reason for Hudak to debate his Republican opponent for Hudak has already worked tirelessly in other ways that have gotten the word out and proven him the best Republican candidate. Hudak also offered numerous "informal" invitations for Tierney to debate, as well, which went ignored.
- Question: When Congressman John Tierney has a track record of ducking (Two Long Phone Calls Later, Still Seeking Answers from Tierney), and running, (Where's Our Congressman? John Tierney, Please Call Home!), why would Tierney issue a formal debate?
- Answer: Because Bill Hudak's message is the one getting all the attention because it's the one that resonates most with the American public. And Congressman John Tierney knows he can't run any more. He has no choice but to answer to the American taxpayer now and Bill Hudak is going to conduct that interview!
On Tierney’s website section on “Veterans” it says, “Congressman Tierney is a strong supporter of protecting and expanding military retiree benefits for our veterans. He is a co-sponsor of H.R. 515, legislation that seeks to provide health care coverage to all military retirees by making money available to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to meet the needs of the new veterans of our most recent wars. He is also an original co-sponsor of H.R. 2131, the New GI Bill of Rights for the 21st Century, which seeks to improve benefits for members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their dependents and survivors.”....
Barton responded, “Among those appropriations he voted against was the increase in death benefits for military family survivors from $12,000 to $100,000. Additionally, in a floor speech on June 15, 2006, he criticized the administration for sending troops into harms way without adequate body or vehicle armor. This was truly an amazing statement in view of his vote against $686 million for body and vehicle armor in March of 2005. His most recent votes against the Military Commission Act, Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act, Secure Fence Act, and Immigration Law Enforcement Act show a clear disregard for the security of our nation.” ~ John Tierney: Coward in the House
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