A friend of McHenry County Blog attended the League of Women Voters’ forum for the two Democratic Party candidates for the 14th Congressional District seat now occupied by Congressman Randy Hultgren.
Here is the report:
Democratic Primary Forum for the 14th Congressional District
Candidate Dennis Anderson sparred with a new entry into the arena, John J. Hosta on Monday night at a League of Women Voters event held at MCC.
One could speculate that the format will be duplicated at the event Tueday night when Andy Zinke faces Bill Prim.
With only thirty spectators attending, die hard Democrats were disappointed to see both Candidates trying to get to the right of each other.
Most notable was the Pledge of Allegiance, when the part about “under God” was mushed into “under all” mixed with coughing and throat clearing.
Hosta’s overriding theme was that we need full employment through protectionist policies, and to stop waste and fraud to reduce spending.
Anderson insisted that fraud is minimal ( 3% for snap, Medicare/ medicaid) and that we need to focus on economic development, and good government, not bigger or smaller, just good government.
All of the questions to the candidates were fielded directly from the audience, and presented word for word.
Most were vague, the best were ones pointed at specifics.
The buzzer went off before either candidate could finish a thought, the other candidate responded. No other follow up.
In the closing statements, Anderson stated he could defeat Hultgren by exposing his abstinence only sex education and his obsession with the Affordable Care Act.
Hosta said that his strategy recognizes the reality in McHenry County, and involves taking the Democrat’s argument two small steps to the right and dividing the Republican vote.