Handpicked Candidate of Albany Insiders Dodges Questions
8/12/2010 – Today, non-partisan moderators of a planned Primary debate, each representing core Republican and Conservative issues, criticized Tax-and-Spend Murphy for avoiding tough questions by dodging the offer to debate Greg Ball on August 17. The debate is being hosted less than two miles from her home.
“With the negative smear campaign being run by Tax-and-Spend Murphy and her Albany handlers, I am not surprised she has chosen to dodge this debate in her own backyard. It is clear that she is ashamed and simply unwilling to defend not only her pro-tax, pro-death, pro-illegal alien, and anti-second amendment record, but her desperate and failed campaign, which is being run from a backroom in Albany.” Ball said. “As a candidate and Assemblyman, it has been my honor to meet with many Somers residents personally. I have developed hundreds of personal relationships with Somers residents, that are precious to me, and I look forward to not only hosting this Town Hall Forum in Somers, but winning Somers handedly on election day, September 14th.”
The debate was planned to focus on limited government, 2nd Amendment Rights, the sanctity of life, and illegal immigration, the four staples of the Republican and Conservative Party platforms. Moderators from prominent local organizations on these four issues were chosen to prepare questions and also select questions from the Somers residents in attendance. Ed Ciffone was scheduled to represent the United Taxpayers of Yorktown. Chairman Alan Mehldau was scheduled to represent the Westchester-Putnam Right To Life Committee. Ed Kowalski was scheduled to represent 9/11 Families for a Secure America, of which he is a member of the Board of Directors. And Steve Clorofilla, life member of the National Rifle Association, was scheduled to represent 2nd Amendment Advocates.
“I’m disappointed to see this opportunity to question the candidates on taxes and job creation turned into a silly political game by Murphy’s campaign,” Ciffone said. “United Taxpayers of Yorktown has multiple party affiliations, across the political spectrum, and we would not compromise our organization by sandbagging a candidate at a political rally, despite her characterization.”
A recent comparison commercial, released by Greg Ball’s campaign, shows why Tax-and-Spend Murphy may have chosen to avoid questions on her tax record. (Click here to view the commercial.)
“We at Westchester-Putnam Right To Life Committee are very disappointed that Mary Beth Murphy is refusing to attend Tuesday’s debate,” Mehldau said. “The residents of Westchester and Putnam have serious questions of both candidates on their stand on issues that affect family values. We have contacted Ms. Murphy’s office and participated in her phoney telephone “town hall meetings” and have never gotten a reply to our questions on her stand on these family issues. We were hoping to get some answers next Tuesday. It looks like she is embarrassed to come out and say where she stands!”
“It’s an absolute shame,” said Kowalski. “Our organization was looking forward to asking both candidates hard-hitting questions that need to be asked about their records, their intent, and their plans to combat illegal immigration in the Hudson Valley. I’m disappointed that this opportunity to participate on the panel of moderators has been turned into a political issue. 9/11 Families for a Secure America will welcome a future opportunity to moderate a debate between these two candidates and to ask these very important questions.”
A recent video, posted to YouTube, shows Tax-and-Spend Murphy admitting during an interview that she has no plan to combat illegal immigration, and questions the legal status of contractors at a Somers Town House construction site. (Click here to view the video.) In contrast, Ball has taken a strong stand against Illegal Hiring and Housing practices that support a black market economy in Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties. (Click here to see the commercial.)
“Mary Beth Murphy ducking this debate indicates to us that her positions on 2nd Amendment issues is not in line with the position of 2nd Amendment advocates,” Clorofilla said. “She does not appear to support our rights.”
Another recent YouTube video shows Tax-and-Spend Murphy dodging direct 2nd Amendment questions while taping a local public access show. The video compares her weak statements against Greg Ball’s defense of the 2nd Amendment, for which he has been twice in three years named NRA Legislator of the Year. (Click here to see the video.)
Nick Pagliuca, a resident of the Lake Purdys section of Somers, says he planned to attend the debate, but that he’s not surprised his Supervisor withdrew.
“It’s not uncharacteristic of her to avoid the issues,” Pagliuca said. “But I am disappointed because I’d like to see her face the issues. For years, she has failed to address the problems of infrastructure in Somers, especially in Lake Purdys, and she has failed to get employees of the town to do the job they need to do and to manage the Highway Superintendent, who seems to make independent decisions on which roads get fixed.”
As of this week, Tax-and-Spend Murphy’s handlers were recorded saying the debate was “a good idea”. Shortly after the press release was issued, Bill Madden from the Tax-and-Spend campaign, who recently drew criticism from bloggers for his Copy-and-Paste approach to media relations, called Ball’s campaign office to withdraw his Manchurian candidate from the debate.