Monday, October 01, 2012

DCN Candidate's Night


Voices From The Empty Chair
 
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Unless you haven't been paying attention, you are probably aware that Clint Eastwood spoke to and questioned an empty chair at the Republican National Convention. That chair was supposed to represent our President, Barack Obama, who of course was not invited to the Republican's Convention.  The Democrats had a field day poking fun at this tactic after the fact.
 
Next week, YOU are invited to come out to see some potentially empty chairs "speak" at the Dewey Corridor Neighborhood Group's Candidate's Night.  While I credit this group with making the effort to try to get the candidate's to come and take unvetted questions from the community, I take issue with the opportunity they provide to allow "stand-ins" to do the talking for those who seek election.
 
Will you come out to see Slaughter & Brooks respond to your questions? How about Robach & Reilich (who told Republican candidates to boycott this event entirely last time around)? Would you still come out if you knew it would be Maggie's PR person, Reilich's office manager, Robach's secretary and/or Louise's "chief of staff"? A waste of time, right?
 
With more than a week before this event is held, I'm hoping the organizers come to their senses and INSIST that candidates must show up, or remain unheard. I'm not up for a night of empty chairs ... or suits ... or heads ... and I don't think most in the community are either.
 
DEWEY CORRIDOR NEIGHBORS PRESENT:
CANDIDATE'S NIGHT
Co-moderated by former county legislators Rep. Mark Cassetti & Dem. Fred Amato
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 7PM
Aldersgate Methodist Church
Dewey Ave.
  
 

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where is Reilich? Doubt he will come out. If I recall (LOL) he's the one who blacklisted this very group last year isn't he?

SCATS said...

To 2:05PM ~~ I pointed out that he had the Republicans boycott the event last year. I doubt he will show up. I also doubt that Maggie or Louise will show up either. The point is, they don't HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT because they can send a stand-in. I know of no other "candidate's night" that permits those running for office to do this. It's DYSFUNCTIONAL ;)

Anonymous said...

No wonder the Westchester kids thought it was ok to send smarter kids to do their SAT's for them a few years back.

Anonymous said...

Without the practice how will people like Andrew Conlon and Kirk Morris ever get elected?

Anonymous said...

Maybe Reilich's lawyer advised him against going? Maybe he doesnt realize they have snacks after the debate?

SCATS said...

To 6:57AM ~~ I haven't heard that he won't be there as of yet, have you?

Anonymous said...

This group is controlled by the Greece Democrat party. Just like I wouldn't expect the Dems to go to a Republican-controlled event, why should the Repubs go to a Democrat controlled event?

These types of "candidate nights" arent really what they are portrayed to be. I agree with the point that the group allowing stand-ins serves no purpose either.

I expect no great number of people in Greece even go to this.

Anonymous said...

The Dewey Corridor Neighbors is NOT controlled by Democrats. We are and always have been non-partisan. I am the president and am a registered Republican. Our vice president and treasurer are registered unaffiliated Our treasurer is a registered Democrat. On our executive board we have one Conservative, One unaffiliated and four Democrats. We have tried to get "well connected" Republicans on our board but have not succeeded in attracting a volunteer. Our meetings are open to the general public and there have been times of lively conversation at previous candidate night events. That is part of the political process. If candidates are afraid of the public they should resign their campaigns. We allow surrogate speakers if a candidate has schedule conflicts because we feel it is better to hear from them than from an empty chair. It would be foolish for a candidate to send a surrogate to speak for them if they were not qualified, knowledgeable of the candidates qualifications and positions and capable of fielding questions from the public. It is every citizen's responsibility to be an informed voter. We hope to have good participation from the candidates and the public.

Anonymous said...

Sorry - forgot to sign my last post - Jeremy Carter - President Dewey Corridor Neighbors.

SCATS said...

To Jeremy Carter ~~ How the heck do you know who is registered with which party??? Have you looked them all up on the Board of Elections? Why would you? Why would their political affiliations matter anyway?

Regarding stand-ins: I stand behind my remarks on this. No other group permits stand-ins for a "Candidate's Night" and you shouldn't either ... if you want it to be meaningful and you don't want to be used or manipulated by the politicians.