Friday, September 15, 2006

Will Green show up for debate?

Tonight's the first of two debates between Governor Jim Doyle and Congressman Mark Green, assuming Green shows up for the televised matchup, to be broadcast statewide at 7 p.m.

The Republican playbook in Wisconsin this year has been to run away from opponents.

State Sen. Tom Reynolds has already ducked one debate and is well on his way to doing it again.

State Sen. Dave Zien dissed his primary opponent and sponsors of a radio debate by backing out at the last minute.

Congressman F. Jim Sensenbrenner is avoiding challenger Bryan Kennedy, having just refused another debate invitation, this from a Latino organization in his district.

Green's campaign manager, Mark Graul, was a no-show for a public radio call-in show when he didn't even have to face anyone from Doyle's campaign.

So, two questions as we await tonight's scheduled encounter:

Will Green show up?

If he does, will he be wearing his Ipod?


At 10:00 AM, Blogger Ben Masel said...

It's not only Republicans who've run from debates.

At 10:06 AM, Blogger Michael J. Mathias said...

If Green does show, will he be prepared to answer questions about his buddy Bob Ney, who is pleading guilty today to influence peddling in the Abramoff scandal?

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Paul_Robeson said...

The $64,000 question has to be:

Is Green going to give the PAC money back before the 10-day deadline?

I think everyone expects that he'll just hang onto the money until his preliminary hearing next week, but that's after the deadline laid down by the EB. Would it become a criminal matter if he did that?

At 11:45 AM, Blogger roastedpeanuts said...

Ben, are you refering to Kohl?

At 11:54 AM, Blogger Ben Masel said...


At 12:22 PM, Blogger GWC shadow said...

Mr. Mathias last I checked Doyle is the one who's under CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION for campaign fraud not Green. Doyle by the way took money from Abrahamoff. And no Green doesn't have to give the money back nor will he have to. The courts will reverse the partisan SEBs decision.

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Paul_Robeson said...

So, GWC, you're saying that Green can just flout the EB order altogether, even before his case his heard by the courts? And you don't see that as a problem in terms of obeying the rule of law?

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

The Republicans keep using that Abramoff thing, which is totally bogus.

Doyle returned a contribution from Alan Slomowitz gave Doyle $1,000 in 2003.

Slomowitz is a Milwaukee native whose parents still live here; they are Democrats and longtime Doyle supporters. He also gave $1000 to Tom Barrett when he ran for governor.

The contributions are because of his Milwaukee Democratic roots, and are not Abramoff-related.

Slomowitz is a lawyer who once worked in a lobbying firm with Abramoff but has not been implicated in the scandal.

That is the so-called Doyle-Abramoff "connection."

Not quite comparable to Mark Green's $30,000 from Tom Delay, who was thick as thieves with Abramoff.

At 3:10 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

Speaking of Abramoff, today's story about Mark Green's good buddy:

Today, Ohio Congressman Bob Ney became the first member of Congress to plead guilty in the Jack Abramoff political corruption scandal. Ney, who announced in August that he would abandon his re-election bid, pleaded guilty today to federal charges of conspiracy and making false statements. He had been under federal investigation for many months for accepting lavish gifts and favors from former GOP lobbyist Abramoff, who has been convicted of bribing members of Congress in exchange for official acts.

Congressman Green brought the scandal-plagued Ney to Wisconsin last October to prop up his campaign for Governor through a sham House hearing on alleged voter fraud.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Troy Fullerton said...

If that's true, Xoff, then why give back the money?

At 10:57 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

You will have to ask the Doyle campaign that. I would not have returned it.


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