What's the rest of the story? 44th Assembly District Forum Canceled.
What's the rest of the story? 44th Assembly District Forum Canceled. Rep. Joe Knilans withdrew from the forum co-sponsored by League of Women Voters of Janesville, Forward Janesville and JATV scheduled for tomorrow evening? The Knilans' campaign confirmed in August and now reports, "overbooked"? What is really the rest of the story, JOE? What do YOU (readers) think?
I think WE THE PEOPLE of the 44th State Assembly District deserve to hear Rep. Joe Knilans (Rep) and Deb Kolste (Dem) discuss issues of concern during this campaign for election to represent the 44th in our WI State Assembly. What do YOU think?
The forum has been a regular public service forum to help voters be INFORMED voters. The co-sponsors - the League of Women Voters of Janesville, Forward Janesville and JATV - are highly credible local organizations. The setting was public - Hedberg Public Library.
(If you want to verify this report, it was published on p. 2A of The Janesville Gazette on Saturday, September 29, 2012.)
It is difficult to decipher the situation. I note that the KNILANS' campaign confirmed participation in the FORUM in August. The campaign now reports that KNILANS is “overbooked” and unable to participate in the forum originally scheduled at 7 pm tomorrow (Tuesday, October 2, 2012) at the Hedberg Public Library. What’s the rest of the story, JOE?
I do NOT know of any campaign strategy which is more DYSfunctional than canceling participation in a public form unless there is a VERY SERIOUS SITUATION like personal illness or injury, family illness or injury. What else merits CANCELING one’s participation in a credible public debate during a campaign for public office, JOE?
I also note that the co-sponsors of the debate report that they offered to change the time and/or date of the forum to conform to Knilans’ schedule. The Gazette report based on a press release from the sponsoring organizations expressed the hope that REP. JOE KNILANS will provide a new time or date so the forum may be held. Again, I ask, “What is the rest of the story, JOE?”
What do YOU think?
Here we go…
John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Whitewater and an advocate for Project Citizen, a model curriculum for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.