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.