Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Tea-Publican Vernon Parker is hiding in the bunker and refusing to debate his Democratic opponent for the CD 9 congressional seat, Kyrsten Sinema. Not to be deterred by such cowardice, Sinema resorted to a tried and true debate tactic: debating an empty chair at a recent debate (no, not Clint Eastwood's deranged standup comedy).
Steve Muratore reports at the Arizona Eagletarian, Sadly, Vernon lives up to expectations:
Last evening Kyrsten Sinema, the Democratic nominee to represent Arizona's Ninth Congressional District, appeared at the Nina Mason Pulliam Conference Center in the Disability Empowerment Center in Phoenix to debate Vernon Parker's EMPTY CHAIR. The occasion was a Health and Human Services Forum sponsored by Children's Action Alliance. The forum was moderated by KTVK political editor Dennis Welch.
While it may seem silly to call it a debate with Parker's empty chair,
the fact is that we are well past the point where there can be any
guessing about Parker's campaign strategy.
Mr. Parker has repeatedly dissembled when asked about his willingness to appear face-to-face with Ms. Sinema to openly discuss issues of concern to citizens of CD9. Parker's dishonesty goes well beyond simple misstatement of facts.
The word dissemble connotes intent to conceal his real motives by pretence. The persistence and consistency of his practice of avoiding directly answering questions posed by (me or) journalists in mainstream media, as well as feigning desire to debate when asked by friendly media (conservative talk radio) has made this abundantly clear.
Steve Muratore previously reported, Oh Vernon... (again):
The Republican coward hoping to fool enough voters in Arizona's new Ninth Congressional District to get elected next month has repeatedly both claimed to his followers that he wants to appear together and debate openly with his Democratic opponent Kyrsten Sinema AND refused to accept NUMEROUS invitations from media and local nonprofit organizations to facilitate such events.
Presumably Vernon Parker's cowardice in refusing to debate Kyrsten Sinema is what led The Arizona Republic(an) to endorse Kyrsten Sinema over the Tea-Publican candidate, as one would expect. The Republic(an) had no choice but to emphatically endorse Sinema over Parker. Sinema good fit for district.