News Who’s Biased Now?
posted by October 20 at 15:24 PMon
The Downtown Republican Club is sponsoring a debate on Monday between state Supreme Court Justice Susan Owens and her challenger, GOP state senator Stephen Johnson. (The debate, the only one between the two candidates, will be broadcast on TVW and the Seattle Channel).
I was asked to be the co-moderator of the debate along with conservative blogger Stefan Sharkansky.
After I agreed to be in the debate, however, I was told that the Johnson campaign would not participate.
The Downtown Republican Club caved, let Johnson call the shots, and I was ousted for Joel Connelly.
I think it’s ironic that Johnson wouldn’t participate (he pulled out when our Owens endorsement hit yesterday). It’s ironic because he’s hyping himself as a non-partisan candidate while his supporters are trashing Owens as a partisan. So, here’s Owens agreeing to be in a debate sponsored by the Republicans, and Johnson throwing a third-grade temper tantrum after I’m included on the panel.
Johnson is actually a GOP state senator—one of only two senators to consistently score a perfect 100% voting record with the Wasington Conservative Union and the Christian Coalition. He also got a perfect score with the Builiding Industry Association of Washington (which, along with affiliated conservative PACs have raised $900,000 for his campaign); and an “F” from the Sierra Club.
Here’s a couple of great Johnson votes: He voted against unemployment benefits for victims of domestic violence forced to quit their jobs to escape their abusers; voted against increases in the minimum wage to track inflation; and voted against the gay civil rights bill.
Johnson’s tantrum at my inclusion in the debate is just another sign that he’s not interested in bi-partisan debate.