It might be time to fluff the feathers of that famous “debate chicken” from 1992. Alabama’s senior senator, Richard Shelby, has declined a debate invitation from WTVM13 in Birmingham. The station had proposed a moderated debate between Shelby and his Democratic opponent, Ron Crumpton.
The invitation had been pending since April 20, and this week Shelby’s campaign declined the opportunity. Crumpton’s campaign criticized Shelby in a press release earlier this week (we added the debate chicken image):
This must be an oversight on the part of his campaign, surely he would not refuse an opportunity to debate his opponent. After all, anyone who would stand for election and ask the people to vote for them should be willing to defend their positions and policies at the point of attack, if they are not, they are not qualified to hold the office they seek.
The people of Alabama deserve a comprehensive debate on the issues in this election.
The debate request from Channel 13 provided the perfect opportunity for a debate to happen. It was proposed by a third party, it would be aired on television and the rules would be determined by the station and not the campaigns.
Why would Senator Shelby refuse the request, from WVTM-13?
The reason is simple, he cannot defend his rhetoric with his record.
We are living in a state where more than a third of all jobs are considered low wage jobs, 45% of single parent families are living in poverty and 390,000 children are receiving food stamps, but he does not sponsor any legislation aimed at addressing poverty or improving education.
Instead, almost all of Shelby’s legislation is aimed at reducing regulations on the big banks and making the rich, richer and the poor, poorer.
It is not surprising that he would want to avoid a debate. If he were to debate me, he would have to defend his record and that could jeopardize his re-election.
This is just another example of Dick Shelby putting his interests above the interests of the people he was elected to serve. It is time that the people of Alabama elect a senator that will be true to Alabama, a senator that will put the people ahead of himself and work in their best interest and not his own.
It’s not surprising that Shelby would give his opponent the same lack of respect as he’s shown the people of Alabama for 30 years.
Think it’s time to say “bye-bye” to Big Dick Shelby? Ron Crumpton’s campaign is holding an open house at the headquarters this Sunday afternoon (June 19) in Pelham from 1-5. The office is located at 2969-G Pelham Parkway, Pelham, Al. 35124