Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Face to Face But No Debate: Pollak & Schakowsky, Oct. 10

There will be a forum this coming Sunday, October 10 at which Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and her Republican challenger Joel Pollak will share a stage. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and will be held at Niles North High School (details below). That's nice, but it's not a debate. Schakowsky thus far has refused repeated requests by Pollak to face him in an actual debate in the heated race in the 9th Cong. District. Is Schakowsky afraid to debate Pollak? Probably so, inasmuch as Pollak is a brilliant speaker with a razor sharp mind. Schakowsky, in contrast, has nothing to offer in a debate other than her tired Marxist platitudes. Then again, perhaps Schakowsky is not afraid to go head to head with Pollak. Perhaps she's simply so arrogant that she feels she doesn't need to debate, and that she doesn't need to bother. Judging from the attitude of Alex Armour, her Chief of Staff and Top Apparatchik. Armour dropped his pants and showed the whole world his filthy anti-American arse via Twitter back in mid-August. Armour's "tweet" revealed what some of us have known about him for a long time: Like his boss Schakowsky, Armour has nothing but contempt for the American people and the U.S. Constitution. Moe Lane posted about Armour's tweets in a piece with the amusing headline, "Meet Alex Armour, Jan Schakowsky’s (D, IL-09) CoS." There, Lane links to a screenshot of an offensive tweet by Armour. As for meeting Alex Armour, those of you who have been reading Chicago News Bench since October, 2006 are already familiar with him. We've covered him quite a few times over the years. Some of you will recall that Schakowsky loaned Armour to her good friend, Alderman Joe Moore, during his vicious re-election fight of 2002. Armour was key to helping Moore pull off all kinds of dirty tricks then. Here are the details about the October 10 Pollak - Schakowsky forum, courtesy of the Pollak For Congress campaign: Sunday, October 10th 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (doors open 1:30 p.m.) Niles North High School 9800 N. Lawler, Skokie IL 60077 Sponsored by: League of Women Voters Jan Schakowsky won't debate (yet)--so this is your best chance to see both candidates on the same stage, answering questions about the issues that matter most to the people of our district! We need to have a large, disciplined presence. That means we need YOU to be there! Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and there is no advance seating, so be sure to be there VERY early--we don't want to let Schakowsky stack Niles North the way she stacked Niles West last year! We also need our supporters to observe the forum rules carefully. This forum will be "won" in the audience, not just on stage, and we want to set an example of leadership. NO signs may be posted on school property. NO campaign buttons, and no clothing or accessories displaying candidate names may be worn in the forum. NO responses from the audience to candidates will be permitted. NO video recording or photography will be allowed, aside from credentialed media. Please observe these rules, even if "they" don't. The first round of questions will be asked by the League of Women Voters, and the second round will be asked by the audience. Only written questions, collected by ushers and screened by a panel, will be allowed. The forum will provide blank index cards and pencils. We will have a table with campaign literature in the hall outside the forum. And we will keep pushing for REAL debates--where the candidates can actually challenge each other's views, and answer more than a few screened questions! Questions? Please email our campaign at info@pollakforcongress.com.