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Stories don't get answers from Duckworth

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Kerry Lester and Mike Riopell stories use a lot of ink, but they raise more questions about the 8th District Congressional race.

Why did candidate Duckworth announce TV debate dates without notifying Congressman Walsh? Why schedule TV debates when the relatively small 8th District voter population is a fraction of the potential viewing audience? (More Duckworth fundraising?) Why does Ms. Duckworth seek campaign money outside the 8th District? Such contributors cannot vote for her but their contributions can influence her decisions on their behalf, should the 8th District voters give her the House seat.

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Her message: "Vote me in so that I can pay back my contributors!" Some things just do not change!

Why has Ms. Duckworth ignored Mr. Walsh's open weekly town hall meetings to debate him? "Fear" comes to my mind. There is no excuse. By sheer numbers, she could have made at least some of the dates.

Town hall attendees shall vote in the November election for their congressman. This is another kind of "don't think, just vote for me! Reflect on it later." In their book, "Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America," authors P. David Gaubatz (former agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations) and Paul Sperry (author of "Infiltration") make the case for questioning the honesty of Palestinians like Mr. Zara, who claim without proof, to speak for all Muslims.

I don't believe he does, because Ms. Lester writes nothing more than Zara's title and local affiliations. It looks like Lester's article seeks to marshal Asian bias against Walsh, shared by losing candidate. Krishnamoorthi, to substitute bigotry for reason.

Finally, I don't believe Lester's use of "Teapartier" is a legal ballot label. But does she really care?

Thaddeus Kochanny

Ingleside

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