Rohrabacher “No Shows” LWV Debate – even after requesting, and getting, a date change

Ron Varasteh

Ron Varasteh

The Ron Varasteh for Congress released the following after 48th Congressional District Representative Dana Rohrabacher failed to show up for a rescheduled debate. While Rohrabacher has previously debated all of his challengers, this time he just didn’t even show up. For most people, if you No Call — No Show for work, you would get fired.

From the Varasteh for Congress release:

The American Association of University Women – Laguna Beach Branch, The League of Women Voters of Orange Coast – Laguna Beach Unit, and the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach sponsored the 48th Congressional District Forum on Friday evening, October 19th , from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. The debate was originally scheduled for October 5th from 7:00 to 8:30PM. Congressman Rohrabacher’s campaign manager, Rhonda Rohrabacher notified the League of Women Voters that this date would not work for them and made a request for it to be scheduled on October 19th, 7:00 to 8:30PM. Ron Varasteh’s campaign agreed to this and the date was re-scheduled for October 19th. Confirmations for attendance were received from both campaigns.

Mr. Varasteh arrived at the requested time of 6:30PM and awaited the start of the debate. Mr. Rohrabacher had not arrived by the start of the debate and shortly after 7:00 PM the moderator made the decision to begin without Mr. Rohrabacher. Mr. Rohrabacher’s campaign never called to explain why he was not there. Mr. Varasteh expressed hope that nothing serious had happened to prevent Mr. Rohrabacher’s attendance.

There was a full chamber audience of between 250 and 300 attendees. Questions were presented to Mr. Varasteh by the League of Women Voters moderator Jane Hake from outside of the district. Questions ranged from Constitutional to prosecution of wall street bankers to our economy to environmental issues. Mr. Varasteh’s answers were well received with audience applause.

The public participated via questions they submitted in writing during the forum. The forum was televised and will be rebroadcast within our community prior to the election. The League’s goal was to provide a non-partisan, fair and impartial forum through which candidates for Congress may distinguish themselves for the district voters. It was unfortunate that Mr. Rohrabacher chose not to participate. Mr. Varasteh met with members of the audience after the debate and answered additional questions.

  6 comments for “Rohrabacher “No Shows” LWV Debate – even after requesting, and getting, a date change

  1. Post-Modern
    October 21, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I would vote for Ron. Good guy.

  2. October 22, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Stupid questions from the League of Women Voters:

    Should there be a “prosecution of Wall Street bankers?”
    It’s been 4 years, with no prosecutions; Obama and his Attorney General had a Senate and House majority for his first two years. Prosecutions are not going to happen, – stupid question.
    Neither Party wants to pick a fight with Wall Street. Prosecutions are not going to happen during neither the Romney nor the 2nd term Obama administration.

    What’s happening now?
    There’s a new derivatives product for Wall Street bankers, – “Carbon Swaps” – from AB 32 – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Global Warming Final Solutions Act”.
    “Cap & Trade: a $2 Trillion Derivatives Bubble”
    Could Cap and Trade Cause Another Market Meltdown? It’s anticipated that carbon default swaps, (carbon derivatives), will be a $2 trillion market, the biggest of any “commodities” derivatives product in the next five years.

    Was “Cap and Trade” a League of Women Voters question?

    The Global Warming Hoax for Dummies (12 Minute video) ‘Cap and Trade’ comes in about minute 11.

    When the ‘League’ asks stupid questions AND does not ask relevant questions they become part of the problem.

    • Octavia Tuohey
      October 23, 2012 at 3:08 am

      The questions were not “from the League of Women Voters”, but rather the public submitted the questions in writing to (what was intended to be the candidates – plural) during the forum.

      The questions were presented to Mr. Varasteh by the League of Women Voters moderator Jane Hake from outside of the district.

      Fact check, Robert Lauten. Or minimally, read the article.

      • October 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

        The big question, – the important question, – remains: “Why has there been NO prosecution of the Wall Street bankers”?

        The narrative is: The Democrat Party is the ‘anti Wall Street Party’ and pro 99%; and the Republican Party the opposite. A ‘should there be prosecutions’ question supports the ‘Narrative’ and is a dead end question.

        A – ‘why NO prosecution,’ – question challenges the ‘Narrative’ and is an open questions that opens up more questions. (Is it reasonable to conclude that Wall Street controls both Parties, – one openly, the other deceptively?)

        “Obama-Dodd-Frank FinReg Monstrosity Delays Derivatives Curbs until 2022!”
        Webster G. Tarpley
        July 15, 2010

  3. Sandi
    October 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Ron has my vote!! Congress Rohrabacher does not serve the people…..he serves BIG BUSINESS!!! I want a man that want to serve the people!!

  4. Sandi
    October 25, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Ron wants to serve the PEOPLE! Rohrabacher has been a “Do Nothing Congressman”! We need someone that wants to make a difference. Vote Ron Varasteh for Congress in the 48th.

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