The South County Federation was scheduled to host a candidate forum last night. Both Keith Fimian and Gerry Connolly had agreed to come to the event and over the course of the last few months they had repeatedly confirmed that they would be attending the event. This was going to be a worthwhile event because it was going to provide the candidates a great opportunity to talk directly with the public and there were students from at least two government classes in attendance in order to see our great democracy in action. Unfortunately, the audience at the forum was informed that Keith Fimian's campaign decided to cancel at the last minute because Keith was going to be having a fundraiser.
Now no matter who the guest of honor was at this event, the decision to cancel at the last minute says a lot about Keith Fimian's character. Not only did this move show the campaign was willing to deprive a group of students an opportunity to learn about our government through direct experience, but it also illustrates how Keith would rather hang around a group of donors than speak directly to the general public. What makes the matter worse is the fact that it's rumored that Karl Rove was the guest of honor at the event. If this is indeed the case, then it clearly shows how Keith Fimian is working with some of the worst of the Republican Party.
I thought that the Fimian campaign and/or the Republican Party would like to explain the decision to skip the public forum in order to attend the fundraiser so I gave them a call so they could have a chance to respond. When I called the Republican Party, I was told to get in touch with the Fimian campaign because "they have a different headquarters." So I then called the Fimian campaign and nobody was picking up the phone. Despite the fact that I called at least four times and left a message, I have yet to hear back from the campaign or get someone to actually pick up the phone. I wonder if they'll ever even attempt to explain why they believe it's more important to hold a fundraiser instead of debate in front of an audience that would have included voters from both parties and a large group of students.