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The Risks of Q & A Campaigning



One of the risks of campaigning through question-and-answer "roundtable discussion" sessions, is that occasionally, candidates must indulge a wild question that doesn't exactly fall in line with party values.

Jim Davis was a bit befuddled at a roundtable discussion in a Sarasota library on Monday evening by an elderly man who asked the Democratic Congressman running for governor what he was going to do about all those bicyclists. You know, those crazy cyclists who are always trying to jump in front of cars. And they don't even have to be licensed! Why do they get to use the same roads as cars, but they don't pay any fees?

While the standing-room-only crowd of Democratic faithfuls murmured, Davis answered that, while cyclist safety is an issue, he didn't think there was much wrong with cyclists using the roads. After all, the alternative is that cyclists would be driving cars, which clogs roads, compounding all sorts of problems.

When the man pressed again with: "But, they never stay in their own lanes," Davis smiled, thanked the man and ended the discussion with a "next question?"

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:09pm]


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