Why has there been no debates between our congressional candidates? As our Republican representative told the editor of the Daily Antheneum, "no credible group" has been willing to host a debate. Since he made that comment, WV Metro News talk show host Hoppy Kerchival and the Charleston Gazette-Mail have both volunteered. Surprising no one, McKinley has remained silent.
(Note -- the G-M article describes how Republican candidates in all three of WV's congressional elections have avoided debating their opponent.)
Yesterday, the conservative business magazine Forbes covered this unwillingness to debate by the WV's Republican congressional candidates in an article by Ken Silverman:
West Virginia Is Bleeding Out But Lawmakers Won't Debate Its Economic Survival.
Why then are elected members of Congress hiding behind a president who is ensnared in a criminal investigation and who is literally the laughing stock of the world? Why are they timid about defending their ideas? When asked about their positions, they fall back on simple platitudes: “Hillary and Obama bad, Trump good.”
(Silverman must be spending time in WV -- that, or he's reading Ogden newspapers.)
Meanwhile, Republican David McKinley won’t discuss the issues with his Democratic foe Kendra Fershee, in what has been one of the state’s growth engines and home to much of the natural gas production. How will they address environmental concerns? No one knows, which is the formula for keeping the powerful entrenched and their ideas in force.