Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Ron Paul frozen out of Iowa debate

Two Iowa groups, Iowans for Tax Relief and the Iowa Christian Alliance, are hosting a Republican candidates' forum June 30, and so far seem to have deliberately chosen not to invite Ron Paul. The Paul campaign called Ed Failor of Iowans for Tax Relief, and he simply said Ron was not invited and would not be invited, didn't offer an explanation, and ended the conversation. The campaign left a message for Steve Scheffler of the Christian Alliance, but hasn't made direct contact as of now.

If that's the same Ed Failor who was active in Young Republicans back in the '60s, when I was still a Republican activist in college, I thought he was a bad customer then, a supposed conservative more interested in power than principle, though I'll, admit I was in a different faction, and intense factionalism was one of the reasons I became disillusioned. And can it be that a group dedicated to the Prince of Peace would exclude a candidate because he is opposed to a war? Let's hope not!

If you're interested in contacting these people yourself, here's the information:

Edward Failor
Iowans for Tax Relief
2610 Park Ave.
Muscatine, IA 52761
Phone: 563-288-3000, or 877-913-3600
Fax: 563-264-2413
E-mail: itr@taxrelief.org

Steve Scheffler
Iowa Christian Alliance
939 Office Park Rd, #115
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone: 515-2251515
Fax: 515-225-1816
E-mail: slscheffler@iowachristian.com

Interesting. On the same day the Paul campaign got this news, it got a call confirming that Ron is invited to the nationally-televised ABC-sponsored debate August 5 in Des Moines.


Anonymous said...

But this is not the Iowa DEBATE. He was invited to that on August 5th. This is some forum by these people, who really do not matter.

Alan Bock said...

True enough. But it wouldn't hurt for these turkeys to hear from a lot of people and it would be fascinating to see how they justify keeping a 10-term Republican Congressman out.

FJ Hurst said...

Is that BRUSHFIRE I smell in the wind??

Long live Ron Paul!!!

"It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."
— Samuel Adams