[Vision2020] Challenge to the candidates: What's up with Weber & Lambert?

Donovan Arnold donovanjarnold2005 at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 15 13:34:26 PDT 2005

"All candidates have an obligation to answer any
questions that any citizen or any citizen’s group has
to ask."-Joe Campbell

No they do not. That is what is part of what is wrong
with our election system, people think this way. Some
questions are not worth answering and some should not
be asked. This attitude keeps people that would be
civil servants out of the public service. It really is
upsetting to see some of these good people out of our

It is up to each candidate to decide what is an
appropriate question and how to respond. It is up to
each voter to decide how to react to those responses
and non-responses.

I choose to withhold judgment on the two men that did
not respond, giving them the benefit of the doubt that
they had good reason not to respond until I find out
more information.

Many questions are just "gotcha" questions designed to
put one of the candidates at an unfair disadvantage.

The Taxpayer's Party sends out a totally biased set of
questions for candidates to answer. It also asks the
candidates to sign a pledge not to raise taxes. This
is biased because it does not give exceptions. Most
special interest groups do this sort of thing all the

I apologize for jumping to the conclusion that the
Vision2020 comments were designed by MCA, which as far
as I know, I am still a member of. I assumed that they
were because Bill London and Bruce Livingston were the
ones that told us about the question and are active
members of MCA. 

Nonetheless, I think the questions are biased. But you
are not under any obligation to agree with me. That is
just my opinion and how I see the questions and lack
of questions presented.

To say that all candidates must answer all questions
and there is no legitimate reason not to answer them
is myopic. 

Donovan J Arnold

--- josephc at mail.wsu.edu wrote:

> Thanks for the clarification, Bruce!
> The questions to which Bruce, Tom, and Donovan are
> alluding are found here:
> http://vision2020.moscow.com/Election/
> If you read the website it says: “A Moscow Vision
> 2020 committee composed
> sets of questions, sent the questions to the
> candidates of the following
> electoral races, and collected the answers from the
> candidates.” It
> doesn’t say anything about the MCA here, as Donovan
> implies above.
> Furthermore, even if the questions were put forth by
> the MCA why would
> that matter? Donovan, for instance, has just offered
> an endorsement of Bob
> Stout, the very same candidate that the MCA endorsed
> for council and
> someone who I personally endorse, as well. Does that
> mean that the other
> candidates have no obligation to answer any
> questions that Donovan or I
> might have to ask before the election? Of course
> not!
> All candidates have an obligation to answer any
> questions that any citizen
> or any citizen’s group has to ask. It is part of the
> process by which we
> may all collect information in order to make
> INFORMED decisions on
> Election Day.
> I for one will use the FAILURE to answer questions
> put forth by a
> citizen’s group as a reason for NOT voting for a
> candidate and I encourage
> the rest of you to do so as well. Nor should it
> matter whether it is a
> liberal or conservative group which puts forth the
> questions. As I see it,
> this is one way that we can ensure that the
> electoral process is as fair
> and rational as possible.
> Let’s apply some pressure on the candidates to speak
> out on the issues
> that concern us so that we can find out what our
> choices really are! This
> isn’t a popularity contest. It is an election that
> involves the future of
> our community.
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