Tell John Carter to Debate Mary Beth Harrell

Posted on 08/17/2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

In a letter to her opponent,
Mary Beth urged her opponent John Carter to accept the invitation from KNCT Public Television to participate in a candidates forum to be broadcast prior to the November election.

Carter has refused to participate in every other candidates forum held in the District. He’s already refused to attend the ones held by LULAC, AARP and even the Rotary Clubs.
Please contact Carter now – and tell him that you want to see him on the PBS program.

In their invitation to the candidates, KNCT made it clear that they will not produce the program if either Harrell or her opponent refuses to participate. Harrell has already accepted the forum invitation.

Mary Beth believes the voters in District 31 deserve the opportunity to watch both her and her opponent answer questions on the issues that affect their daily lives. Contact Carter now – and tell him to participate in the PBS program.

Several folks have contacted our office about ‘town hall’ meetings being conducted by Carter over the phone from his office. He’s dialing constituents from a Washington D.C. phone number. Several listeners told us that Carter sounded like he was being provided with the answers. In several instances, it was said that he would stumble around for a little while before answering, and when he finally responded he sounded letter-perfect.

Tell Carter it’s time to come out of the office, shrug off his handlers and answer the tough questions.

Mary Beth’s sons, and many other young men and women, are proudly defending our right to vote as they serve in our Armed Forces. Mary Beth wants an informed electorate to exercise that right. So she has urged her opponent to accept right away. As you know, both of Mary Beth’s sons serve on active duty and the oldest is in Iraq with the 4th Infantry Division.

KNCT will set a recording date and broadcast date as soon as Carter accepts their invitation.

Tell Carter to do his duty – show up for the PBS hosted candidates forum

Here are his office address and phone numbers:

Washington, D.C. Office
408 CHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-3864

Round Rock District Office
One Financial Centre
1717 North IH 35
Suite 303
Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 246-1600

Bell County Office
6544B S. General Bruce Drive
Temple, TX 76502
Located next to the DPS office
254-933-1392

Here is the message I sent to Carter

Your constituents want you to debate Mary Beth Harrell. It is not your decision if someone is worthy of debate but ours. You need to speak to the people in your district and explain your side on the important issues that affect our lives and our country. Mary Beth Harrell is making herself available to talk with the people about issues of concern and has even answered the lies you sent out about her in a fund raising letter. I think you might want to reconsider your position on the debate.

Carter had the following to say about debates and the elections season:

“People earn the right to debate me,” Carter said in the interview. “I will determine how and not them.”

Asked what would qualify someone for a debate, Carter said “credibility.”

In a call to his office Wednesday, Carter’s spokeswoman Amy Ellsworth said his comments were still an accurate reflection of his views.

Harrell said that was ridiculous.

“This is pretty basic. It doesn’t have to do with my rights or Carter’s rights. The voters have an absolute right to know where we stand,” Harrell said. “I think it is bizarre that we’re talking in terms of whether a candidate has a right to debate. We are running for office and we owe it to the people.”

from The Debate about the Debate American Statesman

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