It has come to our attention that a disgruntled, long-shot Republican candidate for the 4th District Congressional seat is unfairly disparaging tonight’s NEWSMAKERS Live political forum and the credibility of its ownership team by falsely reporting and blogging that she has been excluded from the event because of her race!
Nothing could be further from the truth. There was never any effort to make this a “black only” affair, as has been alleged by the candidate and her supporters. This forum was conceived and set in motion back in April based on Congressman Johnson’s schedule and the candidates we were then aware of in the race. The candidate in question was not on our radar screen at the time, and has been alarmingly indignant and combative when we explained that the lineup was set for tonight, but that another Republicans-only forum is planned for the very near future.
Despite numerous conversations, and an invitation to attend tonight’s event and be recognized, the caustic candidate continues to condemn and berate Newsmakers Live/Journal in what appears to be a publicity ploy designed to garner her needed name recognition.
In the past candidates have underestimated “NEWSMAKERS” reach and political impact, much to their chagrin. Some choose not to show up and answer our piercing and pertinent questions, while others – in a futile effort to enhance their candidacy — falsely accuse us of wrongdoing or racism in our journalistic efforts to enlighten the African American community.
We lament this political gamesmanship.
Eleanorjan Roberts-Welcome, Board Chair
James “Jim” Welcome, Executive Producer
Maynard Eaton, Moderator/Executive Editor
Yeah, I’m calling BS on that. Today is June 2nd. Qualifying ended on April 30th (Liz Carter qualified on Monday, April 26, 2010). Whether or not her candidacy is a long-shot is irrelevant. She’s been in the race for awhile. I’ve seen her campaign signs in the district for some time now.
Newsmakers Journal has little excuse for excluding Carter from participation in this event if they are truly interested in keeping voters informed, which would be hard to do since they admit that the didn’t do due-diligence to make sure all candidates were included.