Monday, October 06, 2008

1st District Debate on Tuesday

Before the presidential debate on Tuesday at Belmont, the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville will host an equally historic debate for the 1st Congressional District in Tennessee between Democrat candidate Rob Russell, Republican Candidate Phil Roe and several Independent candidates. The debate is set to begin at 7 p.m.

(NOTE: The most recent info I have indicates that so far only Russell and Roe have confirmed their attendance at the debate.)

WETS-FM's Wayne Winkler is moderator for the debate, which is sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

This year's campaign also marks the first time in more than 4 decades an incumbent is not on the ballot seeking re-election.

Also noteworthy, the complete absence of local media reporting on the plans for this event and for few stories on the candidates seeking election and the congressional race in general, which earns them a big fat F on their grade cards when it comes to covering local politics.


  1. Joe,

    Has Mr. Russell publicly endorsed Obama? I guess it really doesnt matter if he did or not. Because Roe is going to win unless he falls victim to the old Edwin Edwards saying. But Im curious. Parker Griffith in that open congressional seat in north Alabama hasnt endorsed Obama yet and neither has Congressmen Childers and Taylor in Mississippi.

  2. the real issues involve the representation of 1st district residents.