October 2, 2010 9:59:00 PM
My name is Laura Corley. I am pursuing a degree at Mississippi University for Women in political science with a minor in women''s studies. As the mid-term elections quickly approach, I am growing more and more concerned with the current congressional race.
I recently saw First District Congressional candidate Alan Nunnelee release his plan for "restoring honor in government" where he talks all about bringing transparency and accountability to Congress. He even goes as far as to say that he will meet face-to-face with the people of North Mississippi. Well, those all sound like some great ideas to bring to Washington.
While I certainly have no problem with those plans, there is one thing that I take issue with: Alan Nunnelee forgot to read his own plan. That very same day I heard that Mr. Nunnelee had refused to attend a debate organized by the AARP between him and Congressman Travis Childers. The same person who I just saw proclaiming that he will talk to the people face-to-face and restore honor to our government is too scared to participate in an open, non-partisan debate for one of this country''s most highly-respected organizations? That seems pretty backwards to me.
It''s one thing to say that you will do something; it''s another to actually do it. Alan Nunnelee has proven that he can "say" that he''ll do all the right things, but when it comes time to actually act, he has often failed to back up all of his talk. All I ask is that you practice what you preach. And if you can''t do that, then don''t preach it.
Mississippi University for Women
hope commented at 10/3/2010 8:55:00 AM:
Looking forward to reading the comments by Anne Burkart and Nan Lott pertaining to the letter by Laura.
frank commented at 10/3/2010 1:30:00 PM:
"refused to attend a debate organized by the AARP"
Smart guy. Some left leaning organization "organizes" a debate. He never agrees to the debate and now he is being criticized for "refusing to attend"! How phony baloney can you people get?
If the tea party "organized" a debate and Childers "refused to attend" would you be so quick to make an issue out of it?
Gimme a break! Just because Ma Tuttle's Lunchen Club "organizes" a debate doesn't mean all the candidates invited will show up. This whole thing is a farce. It is ridiculous. The voters are not that dumb...I hope.
hope commented at 10/3/2010 4:19:00 PM:
With over 50 million members nationwide, the AARP is no organization that a politician trying to get elected should turn his back to. The Republicans pledge to America is for a smaller deficit, by cutting spending. The bulk of our deficit problems are created by medicare and social security, of which most of these members are participants. We know the Republicans don't want the Bush tax cuts on the rich to expire that adds to the deficit. You be the judge!
frank commented at 10/3/2010 11:08:00 PM:
Just type "AARP Liberal Agenda" into Google folks. Enuf said.
wpmedic1 commented at 10/4/2010 7:40:00 PM:
He didn't attend a liberal event set up by the AARP and Childers. Wow! I am shocked. Childers has been in Pelosi's back pocket since he got elected and you don't have a word to say about. Go back to sleep.
Ms. Corley would you care to mention whether you are a Democrat??
hope commented at 10/5/2010 4:21:00 PM:
@wpmedic1----What's so bad about Pelosi?
wpmedic1 commented at 10/5/2010 11:15:00 PM:
Hope--- I will take that you meant that as a joke.
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