Oct 10, 2010
Four Debates scheduled in MA-04: Bielat vs Frank
Four debates have been scheduled between Sean Bielat (R) and Barney Frank (D) in the MA-04 Congressional race:
Debate 1: Oct 12, 7:00 – 8:00 AM, WRKO 680 AM
Debate 2: Oct 12, 6:00 – 7:00 PM, NECN TV
Debate 3: Oct 13, 10:00 PM on Fox 25 TV
Debate 4: Oct 17, 5:00 – 6:30 PM at Lasell College
When Earl Sholley debated Barney Frank in 2008. Most observers agree that Sholley handled him very well and Frank was not pleased. I have no idea how Bielat will do in these debates because he refused to debate Sholley, except near the very end at zero-dark-thirty in a radio debate which according to an internet poll Sholley won handily.
In my opinion, it would have been better preparation for the first time candidate, Bielat, to debate the old pro Sholley as many times as possible to hone his Ivy league debating skills in a real world situation as well as to educate the public on the issues at hand. But I understand why he didn't even if Sholley still managed to get 40% of the vote in a campaign waged on a shoestring budget and no help from the RINO Mass GOP or friends of Mitt Romney in the national Conservative media, like Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Michelle Malkin, who endorsed Bielat before the Primaries had even occurred in what I consider ill advised moves on their part.
I'll say it again. He still got 40% of the vote, so it's anyone's bet how these debates will go. Neither candidate seems to be running from the opportunity, so will just have to wait and see.