Shuler – Taylor Debates: What happened?

Joy Franklin, Editorial page Editor, of the Asheville Citizen-Times tries to explain the sequence of events:

Over the last couple of days, supporters of Heath Shuler have flooded my inbox with e-mails that read something like this:

“Your statement that Shuler ‘backed out’ of a debate is deplorable – a misleading assertion – disgraceful. He said many times Sunday was for his family – Republicans, and Republican publications like yours, spew out DECEIT constantly – and you are one of the main reasons this country has suffered under the worst president and the worst ruling majority in the history of the US! The damage is irreparable!”

These irate correspondents are reacting to a story we published Saturday: “Shuler backs out of debate.”

Most had received an e-mail from Shuler telling them that he did not back out of the debate and had, in fact, offered us several dates. The e-mail said we refused to work in good faith with his staff to find an acceptable one.

That e-mail misrepresents our role and I feel compelled to share a more complete account of the negotiations involved in trying to arrange a debate between Charles Taylor, R-Brevard, and Shuler, his Democratic challenger for the 11th District seat in the U.S. Congress. Continue reading

Democrat apologizes

Under the category of “Oh, damn no he didn’t”

From CNN:

A ranking Democrat in the House of Representative is apologizing for saying an African-American Senate candidate “slavishly” supported the Republican Party.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said he meant no offense when he made the remark about Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, the GOP nominee for the seat being vacated by longtime Democratic Sen. Paul Sarbanes.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Hoyer said, “I should not have used those words.”

Hoyer was speaking to a largely black audience at a campaign event for Steele’s Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Ben Cardin, when he made the comment.

Steele’s spokesman, Doug Heye, called Hoyer’s comments “insensitive and pretty stupid.”

While Hoyer apologized for the comments, he continued to criticize Steele’s support of the GOP.

“If Mr. Steele did in fact take offense, let me assure him that none was intended,” Hoyer said. “But Mr. Steele continuously tries to divert attention from the fact that he is an unwavering supporter of the Republican agenda and of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.”

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Steele is the rare Black man running on the GOP ticket.  Hoyer needs to pull his head out of where ever it has been and git into the game.  Democrats can not afford these types of stupid mistakes. 

Did you see that Steele has a new endorser?  You aren’t going to believe this (from Crooks and Liars)

Meet Mike Tyson. He’s just the type of campaigner Michael Steele really needs. His career is so far in the tank that he’s ready to fight women now.  More here