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In a move that can only be classified as classic ass-hattery, Virginia Foxx is REFUSING to debate Democratic opponent Roger Sharpe unless reporters are BANNED from the taping.

Foxx has again and again avoided Roger Sharpe at every turn. She has canceled radio appearances and every SINGLE invitation to debate except this one. And she agreed to this debate with a wholepassel of strings attached.

Hit the flip and be amazed at what else is involved...


Jim Longworth, the debate moderator, said yesterday that the congresswoman would not agree to the debate if reporters were there. The full debate is scheduled to be broadcast Nov. 5, two days before the general elections.

Foxx has demanded that the debate NOT be live, but taped tomorrow. Plus, the tape can only be broadcast at 10:30 at NIGHT the Sunday before the election when no one is watching. PLUS, it can only be broadcast from a TV station that is outside of the district and whose signal is unavailable to an estimated 90% of the district. I am amazed she has demanded it only be aired with a Manchu voice over dub.


Her request to keep reporters out of the studio is an about-face in campaign strategy from how she ran for Congress two years ago. Foxx, in her first run for Congress, appeared on the program twice: in August 2004 against Vernon Robinson to run for the title of Republican 5th District nominee, and a month later as the GOP nominee against Democrat Jim Harrell.

We are in the home stretch and today is $20 Tuesday, please donate to Roger. Let me tell ya, every penny counts in this last week of backstabbing by Virginia Foxx.

UPDATE: The Winston-Salem Journal has updated their coverage of this craziness.

This election season, as Foxx finishes her first term as a congresswoman, she has shunned sharing the stage with Sharpe. They appeared together once this month at a senior center in Mocksville, but Foxx has stayed away from making joint public appearances that could be extended by regional coverage. Foxx turned down a debate with Sharpe at Wake Forest University on public radio station 88.5 WFDD. Sharpe was given the whole time slot; his taping will be broadcast this week. Foxx also has turned down at least five invitations to appear with Sharpe in other public forums, according to Sharpe's aides.

Originally posted to StormBear on Tue Oct 31, 2006 at 06:42 AM PST.

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