I know it's sad, but for some reason the Rosemary Palmer campaign still thinks it's possible for them to arrange a debate between their candidate and the incumbent Dennis Kucinich. Don't you people get it? Dennis has moved on to bigger and better things, his ten year stand with your district is over.
Okay, so maybe I went a little too far with that intro (but it was so much fun!). The point, however, remains that Dennis seem to have forgotten his House seat to once again pursue his long shot presidential bid.
The Palmer campaign, which has been trying to get Kucinich to agree to a debate, put out the following press release today.
Forty days after Rosemary Palmer, candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 10th Congressional District of Ohio, issued her challenge to Congressman Dennis Kucinich to hold a series of five debates, the silence from the Congressman is deafening.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kucinich has continued his long-shot presidential campaign with events across the country, including a slew of late night talk show appearances. Today, Congressman Kucinich will be in New York City as a guest on The Colbert Report.Host Stephen Colbert issued a challenge of his own to the Congressman- to empty his pockets and reveal their contents on the show. Mr. Kucinich accepted Colbert’s challenge within days and immediately scheduled an appearance on Comedy Central's highly rated satire show. “Once again the people of the 10th District are left without a dedicated, full time Member of Congress,” Palmer said of his latest publicity stunt. “He is continuing in search of celebrity instead of a committed pursuit of results for Northeast Ohio,” she said.
Palmer Campaign Manager Anthony Fossaceca said “the challenge to debate still stands. We’ve been waiting for over a month, and still no response.” Fossaceca also criticized the Congressman’s pursuit of the limelight. “His jet-setting about the country to make these appearances is like throwing salt in the wound,” he said. “Not only are we expected to tolerate an absentee Congressman, but then he goes on national television to be exposed as the butt of late night jokes. It’s painful to watch.”
The Palmer campaign has released a satirical YouTube video which chronicles Congressman Kucinich coast-to-coast traveling and his irreverence to the people in the 10th District. To view the ad, visit www.rosemarypalmerforcongress.com
I wish them the best of luck getting Kucinich to agree to a debate but I'm not holding my breath.
And just for archival purposes, the video mentioned in the press release can also be found here.
Update: I didn't watch the video before this post (dial-up, remember?) but it definitely fits with the first paragraph's style.