What is up with all the gubernatorial forum cancellations? There was supposed to be a “Step Up For Kids Day” gubernatorial forum today. It was cancelled because an incumbent couldn’t make it. There was to be another of the traditional, gubernatorial “Kid’s Election” (an event that I won in 2000), but one of the more influential candidates had to back out, so they cancelled the event. Actually, both of the other candidates couldn’t make it to the Robin Run Retirement Home forum this Sunday; but doggone it, I’ll be there anyway.
I know of several other abortive/rejected attempts at gubernatorial fora. I suspect that there’ve been events killed that I never heard about.
Why should candidates have so much power in determining how voters conduct their job interviews? Elections are for voters, not for candidates. Why should we allow candidates to say “no” to the job application process desired by the people charged with the authority to hire…or fire?
Why do voters put up with this?
I sure don’t know.
What I do know is that in 1999, Mayor Goldsmith had already said he wasn’t running, so the race was without an incumbent, and pretty competitively balanced between Republican and Democratic parties. Even after the hotly contested primaries, we had five candidates for Mayor, and we had something like 46 mayoral debate/forum/Q&A events in which practically all of the candidates participated almost all the time.
That was a democratic process!
I can’t understand why voters don’t demand it every time.
But then, I live in hopes that times are a changin’…