Hultgren Opponent Hopefuls Debate

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

Hosta + Anderson 2-14-14

The candidates. Dennis Anderson on the left, John Hoata on the right.

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.


Hultgren Opponent Hopefuls Debate — 5 Comments

  1. It’s Denis Andersen and John Hosta, at least that’s how they’re spelled on the sheets that were available at the candidates forum.

    I didn’t catch the “under all” thing.

    I’ve noticed that most of the time when I’m in a group saying the Pledge there is some mumbling around those two words, but I didn’t realize they said “under all.”

    I said under God and I heard other people say that too.

    I will concede that there were some real loons in the audience.

    I think I heard a gasp when Andersen said abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.”

    I didn’t see them as trying to out right wing each other though.

    Hosta said he was more moderate than Andersen, but Andersen didn’t really push back.

    For the most part, they agreed on everything, and for the most part they had standard positions that you’d expect from a Democrat like investing in education, raising minimum wage, being pro-union, being pro-choice, bringing back the separation of investment and savings banks, fixing campaign finance, being against fracking, not impeaching Obama, and not balancing the budget on the backs of poor and middle class people.
    Some of your posts are so long and detailed, and then there are ones like this that leave out a ton of information and go for low hanging fruit like whether or not people said “under God”.

    “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” (The Constitution of the United States. Article VI.)

  2. Thanks for adding your observations.

    Maybe you’ll do it after the Sheriff’s debate tonight as well.

    That would be welcomed.

  3. Well, I guess the League of Women made an oops! My apologies. I would love to go to the Sheriff’s debate, but I have class at that time.

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