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John vs. Sam

John Laird will be back on the radio with me Monday afternoon at 5:05 and I suspect we’ll hear more about the debate scheduled for that evening out at Cuesta. As you might recall, we’re having this expensive special election–costing SLO County anywhere between $300,000 and $500,000–to replace Abel Maldonado after he became lieutenant governor last spring.

Laird is the Democrat. Sam Blakeslee is the Republican and sam is taking heat because he’s not showing up for Monday’s debate. Laird says Blakeslee is hiding. Blakeslee says he’s doing the people’s work up in Sacramento. Ro make matters worse, the Independent and the Libertarian candidates are both STILL on the August ballot. What’s up with that? Why did we bother with a June primary if all four candidates got to run again in August?

Is Sam hiding? Maybe, a bit. He’s got a comfortable lead in the polls and will likely win next month. No need to jeopardize it by giving your opponents a chance to confront you. However, in Sam’s defense, he says he’ll be glad to debate on weekends and has already accepted a couple forums in early August.

Frankly, I think folks are making too big a deal out of Sam’s no show Monday night. These League of Women Voters forums tend to be rather tedious, with the same predictable questions asked in the same stale format. I don’t blame Sam for not showing up. Have a real debate. Let the candidates interact with one another. That would be something worth seeing.

Other notes:

Pastor Doug continues on his road to recovery out at Bayside. We stopped in and saw him today. he’s run up a few medical expenses, so we’ll be having a couple fundraising events for him. Hope you can attend.

Happy Belated Birthdays to both Miss Etiquette and Dr. John Alexander of Cayucos, two of my favorite people.

Finally got to see “Inception” tonight. A pretty damn impressive movie, definitely one you need to see on the big screen.

  1. bobfromslo
    July 25, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Dave, I have to agree with you here on a few of the issues you brought up; Sam’s “excuse” for not showing up Monday night is something I can live with, and I also would like to see the “debates” livened up a bit with more interaction between the candidates. The one point I really want people to remember is that no matter what your perception of Sam Blakeslee is, he is no where near being a “moderate”. I read a comment somewhere else that the last time a state budget was passed on time and on target is when John Laird was in the legislature; coincidence?

  2. jurisdoctor78
    July 26, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    When you are in the lead never create a chance to stumble. The debates are unimportant to this election. If it was neck and neck maybe.

  3. July 27, 2010 at 6:31 am

    John Laird said on my show tonight that Sam had agreed to a forum in San Jose, but it’s for business people and closed to the public.

    And Sam is also doing a debate in Santa Cruz — five days before election day when most people have voted.

    Laird suggested Blakeslee wasn’t needed in Sacramento on the budget issue — all the representatives had been sent home, except for leadership.


  4. californiawiseguy
    July 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Sam Blakeslee is not “way ahead” in the polls. He’s vulnerable and he knows it. The tide has turned against Blakeslee. Blakeslee has sold out to oil company lobbyists to get campaign financing and the voters are catching on. The Republican Party has now widely known as the party of death and destruction and its a shame that Blakeslee does not have enough gumption to jump ship. But he doesn’t want to disappoint his mother, so he remains a Republican, despite the stink that it puts on him.

    Blakeslee could have been a contender. He might prevail in this election, but unless he changes parties, he will fail, if not financially, but certainly morally. Unless he straightens up and realizes the important priorities in life, he will one day reel with regret.

    Mr. Blakeslee, be a man, and quit clinging to your mother’s (and fat cat Republican’s) apron strings.

    • jurisdoctor78
      July 28, 2010 at 11:42 pm

      I guess you can keep your head in the sand along side your president but that doesn’t change things. There will be a majority of RINOs and Neo-statists run out of Washington this November. You can name call political parties all you want, but America is 43% conservative and with the momentum of the Tea Party there will be a price to pay for all this outrageous out of control spending, a failed stimulus, bogus financial reforms and the like. It’s not that the American people don’t like Obama anymore (and they don’t!) It’s that we just can’t trust him. I am beginning to wonder if he actually knows how to tell the truth. The state run media can’t fix stupid and they can’t cover for Obama any longer. Not to mention your Congress having a whopping 11% approval rating. Not looking good for the statists in November.

  5. californiawiseguy
    July 29, 2010 at 2:43 am

    There’s no such thing as “state run media”. Get real. The mainstream media is Fox news and Rush Limbaugh and they are pure, immoral propagandists of the most despicable sort.

    You were probably someone who supported George Bush, the biggest disaster of a president in our lifetimes who aided and abetted the biggest rip-off of the public’s money in history. And now we are all paying for it, thank you very much. And all the slaughter of innocent people didn’t help either.

    The Republicans have nothing to offer but more hand-outs to the rich. The Republican Party has been co-opted and is nothing more than a front for organized crime. Its a shame that so many well-meaning, innocent people have been suckered and actually support it while it works to sabotage their best interests.

    Their is no denying the Republican Party, as it now stands, is absolutely the party of death and destruction (and brain-washing.)

    Get the Republicans out of politics, jail hundreds of them, starting with Cheney, Karl Rove, Rumsfeld, and real patriots can get to work and do good things with out all the obstructions.

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