While Alexi Giannoulias and Mark Kirk will debate for the U.S. Senate, Melissa Bean doesn’t want to have any debates with Joe Walsh and Bill Scheurer for the U.S. House.
She is following Rod Blagojevich’s and Jim Ryan’s lead in not debating me when I ran against them for Governor in 2002.
Bean doesn’t want an open comparison of her liberal voting record with Joe Walsh’s common sense conservatism. And she doesn’t want criticism from the left from Bill Scheurer.
How would she answer Republican Walsh’s question,
“Where’s all of the jobs you bragged and campaigned on creating?”
I’m sure Green Party candidate Bill Scheurer would have some pointed questions, too.
Bean is stiffing McHenry County by not allowing a public discussion of her voting record.
Just as she would not hold a public town hall meeting on health care reform, on which she supported President Barack Obama.
The last time she debated was when she ran against David McSweeney and Bill Scheurer.
That was four years ago.
It was sponsored by the Northwest Herald.
She didn’t do well.
You might say it was a disaster.
She doesn’t want another one of those.
That 2006 debate, by the way, was before Labor Day, the tradition beginning of political campaigns.
Two years ago, she refused to debate Steve Greenberg in public as well. A joint appearance before the Chicago Tribune editorial board was it.