Too Late to Debate.
Maryland Moment, 15 Nov 2007 (Helderman).
First there was Ralph Nader. Then Mike Gravel. Now we have Jason Jennings, the 37-year old utility consultant who jumped into the race for the Democratic nomination for Maryland's 4th Congressional District this month and, given his late start, has been told he cannot participate in a debate at the Oxon Hill Library on Saturday.Comment: So the club did not keep track of who is running for Congress in the 4th district and is excluding a legitimate candidate from the debate because of their failure. That seems to me to be a very lame excuse. Are the organizers just incompetent, or is there some other hidden reason for excluding Jennings?
Mark Spencer, who works with the African American Democratic Club of Prince George's, which is sponsoring the debate, said club organizers only learned of Jennings' candidacy on Nov. 11. He said the format was already set, candidates invited and time for the event limited to 90 minutes. Club organizers decided an additional person would mean each candidate would get too little time to respond to audience questions.