Funded by her husband’s Pelosi-powered war chest, Democrat Stephane Moore is running for Congress in Johnson, Wyandotte and Douglas counties on November 2nd.
Moore hopes to replace her mysteriously absent-from-the-scene husband, Kansas congressman Dennis Moore. Channel 19/KCPT and the Kansas City Star have agreed to host and air a televised debate with her opponent, prominent, budget-cutting Republican, Kevin Yoder.
But now Moore is playing games with the rules.
First, she cut the debate from 60 minutes to an half an hour. Less chance for a slip from her ruby-red lips...
Then congressman Moore’s third wife refused to participate in the one-and-only televised debate on Thursday, October 7 in the white bread confines of Johnson County Community College. Instead, she insisted the debate be moved out of state to a relatively high-crime area–KCPT’s headquarters just east of 31st and Main in Kansas City, Missouri. Curiously, media sources at the Star and KCPT say Moore cited "fear for her safety" as the reason for the move out of the district. When pressed, her aides told Channel 19 and the Star they had concerns about Tea Party protesters showing up at Juco to boo her.
Fear for her safety? Citizens actually in attendance? Huh?
Maybe it runs in the family. Hubby, Dennis Moore hasn’t taken a live question from the public since April, 2009.
The newspaper and Channel 19 acquiesced to both of Moore’s demands. But now – even more preposterously – Stephane is demanding that a dark horse, third-party libertarian candidate, with little hope of winning, be given equal time. Somewhat obviously, she’s trying to split the conservative vote because libertarians don’t vote for Democrats.
Notably during her husband’s five terms in Congress, Dennis Moore debated pretty much wherever he was asked to, but insisted that fringe candidates like Libertarians be excluded.
The latest: Debate moderator Nick Haines (KCPT’s Executive Producer of Public Affairs) and seasoned Star political reporter Jim Sullinger called Stephane’s bluff.
And as of yesterday Moore says she will not be attending the debate.
Should Moore fail to show, the Star and Channel 19 say an empty chair with her name on it will be placed at the debate table.
I say good for them.
Will the decidedly demanding Democratic Damsel show up? Stay tuned!