By , Mount Vernon News
September 20, 2010, 11:04 am

MOUNT VERNON — Robert Gibbs and Lindsay Sutton, two of the candidates for the 18th District congressional seat election this November met for a town hall-style debate Saturday evening, called Ohio 18 Night, at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

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15 Responses to “Gibbs, Sutton duke it out”

  1. John Q. Public

    I always like Jason’s comments because he seems level-headed and does not let his emotions get in the way…right or wrong.

  2. Alumni

    “Quite frankly, I’m exhausted. I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now. I have been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I’m one of those people. And I’m waiting, sir. I’m waiting. I — I don’t feel it yet … Is this my new reality?” *

    *Voter at Obama town hall meeting dedicated to economic issues on Monday 09-20-10

  3. Jacob

    Miriam, I have actually spoken to Space and, believe me, I’m a nobody. He’s been in town. I don’t believe he hides–but, as an elected representative who does his work in Washington, he is necessarily selective about where he appears. A candidate who is not yet in office can appear at every little pig roast and tractor pull and pancake breakfast and house party, since that candidate is campaigning full-time. But when that candidate makes it into office … well, there’s less time to do these things. I wouldn’t expect that a candidate would show up at a “debate” that is being sponsored by his opponents. Would you?

  4. jason

    Well then why didnt the mount vernon news sponsor the event? or why dont they still sponsor an event? Have it at a high school.

    This way it is in a place that neither candidate is being ambushed? bring in political science professors from MNVU and Kenyon to ask the questions and have someone from the new moderate the event. have readers submit questions to the paper. I am sure that MVHS gym would be large enough to hold the 40 people that would show up.

    It is actually very simple to figure out. Then you wouldnt have a Political Action Committee that clearly advocates conservative values to hold a debate.

  5. liberalism is a mental disorder

    With Hack Space voting Yes on cap and trade. I will be very happy to vote the Spacecake out.

  6. John Allen

    Yes Duncan, perhaps you should inform the right slanted new source that the venue and moderators for the “debate” have a bit (understatement) of a slant to them as well. i’m sure they were unaware that a conservative group hosting an event at a conservative university, might be a little biased.

  7. Duncan

    Rosie: Respectfully, it is MSNBC that is center-left (on some shows). You could say the same for far-right Fox News. At least news organizations and educational institutions attempt to remain neutral when it matters, like when they host a debate.

    Actually, I’ve found Zack Space to be fairly accessible to the public. He and Gibbs have at least two scheduled debates: one at Kent State University and one at the Nelsonville Public Library. One debate is organized by the county chamber of commerce and the other by the League of Women Voters. You can attend those debates, if you’d like.

  8. Duncan

    There’s absolutely no conspiracy theory here. A right-wing group invited Space to a debate and he declined as many politicians do unless they’re organized by truly non-partisan or neutral organizations. I am not “up in arms” about what Ohio 18 is doing; I’m just pointing out the facts omitted from the Mount Vernon News article.

  9. Miriam St. Jean

    I have a (D) behind my name at the polls and wear it proudly.

    That said, Space’s refusal to appear in public over the last few years just plain %$##’# me off.

    Am not sure who I’ll vote for, but it won’t be for a man who is “afraid” to face his constituents.

  10. John Q. Public

    Although I am a Republican I will support and vote for Zack Space. He, in my hummble opinion, is a man worthy of our support and should get re-elected. He has voted against the national care bill, one of only a few Democrats to do so, and so far, has demonstrated a level-headed approach to the problems facing this country. Not only this, but his father and wife, as well as many of his contempories have served this state and nation well.

  11. Rosie

    Duncan, This no different than a debate organized by, say NBC which is very left-leaning. You are not going to find any group that doesn’t have an opinion. The question is who was the moderator and who posted the questions. (The Mount Vernon News online edition doesn’t give us that information.)

    Zack Space is notorious for not appearing in any public venue that doesn’t favor him heavily as we saw with the town hall meetings last summer.

    All the public really wants is a public debate that is open and honest for everyone. It’s too bad that we can’t get that.

  12. David

    Oh so you’re just making an observation after the facts.

    If you’re so up in arms about what Ohio18 is doing, why not persuade the news media to look into it, rather than posting a conspiracy theory on a blog?

  13. Duncan

    My comments were directed at the article’s claim that this group is non-partisan. I did not need to go to the event to discover that Ohio 18 is run by a right-wing partisan group initiated by other known right-wing groups.

  14. David

    So Duncan, did you go to the event or are you just making observations after the fact?

  15. Duncan

    “Ohio 18, a nonpartisan grassroots group which organized the debate…”

    Ohio 18 is run by the Ohio Liberty Council. From their own description: “The Ohio Liberty Council was initiated by members of local Tea Party groups, 912 groups, the Ohio Freedom Alliance, and the Campaign for Liberty in June 09.”

    While they may not officially be affiliated with any one party, they are certainly partisan (“an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity”). There is absolutely no way you can insist this group is non-partisan. Would Gibbs have shown up to a debate organized by some left-leaning partisan group, say Greenpeace or PETA? It’s like an organization of vegans inviting a pig farmer to a debate on the ethics of animal farming; the audience and questions would already be slated against the pig farmer. Organizing that debate and plastering Space’s photo on promotional flyers was disingenuous when he had not agreed to appear. And the Mount Vernon News’ part in this is to imply that Space should have agreed to the “debate” since, afterall, Ohio 18 is a “non-partisan group,” so they claim. A claim that cannot be backed up, given their adherents.