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Pasco School Board candidate Rev. John Tracy defends his debate night comments

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August

tracy.JPGThe day after Pasco County's 12 School Board candidates gathered to debate, we reported about comments that candidate the Rev. John Tracy made that rankled his rivals in the District 4 race.

They took offense at Tracy's implications that he is the only one on the ballot who has family values and integrity.

He took offense at our report. On his blog, Tracy wrote:

"It is always funny to me how the press will twist an event to create something in the minds of the public that did not actually take place.  This particular article misrepresents my statements and fails to accurately set the context of the debate forum. Lesson learned.  Voters beware!  Do not trust the press."

Tracy suggested that the articles should have focused on the candidates' views on issues — views that have been reported in the past and that have remained essentially unchanged and unchallenged even as the candidates sat beside one another.  Then he noted that he came ready to debate, the purpose of which is to "point out those areas that you are different from your opponent(s) and to distinguish yourself so that the voters can make an informed decision."

Well, the other candidates told reporters after the debate that Tracy certainly did set himself apart in their minds, and they weren't pleased with his insinuations. That's what we reported. As Tracy said, now it's up to the voters to decide.

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[Last modified: Monday, August 16, 2010 2:38pm]

    

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