Will Tulsi Gabbard Skip Debates Like Joe Crowley Did vs. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

New York City Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley skipped not one but two debates with his progressive primary challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and it cost him his seat. Tulsi Gabbard appears to be following Crowley’s playbook in her attempt to beat back progressive activist and Women’s March organizer Sherry Campagna’s surprisingly strong primary challenge.

After Hawaii News Network excluded Hawaii Congressional District 2 candidates from their Super Debate event last week because Gabbard refused to attend, community groups decided to host a forum for candidates running in the second district. Thus far, only Campagna has agreed to participate in this televised event.

More info below:

Waianae Community Hosts Live Televised Congressional Candidate Forum with Congressional Candidate Sherry Alu Campagna

OAHU — On Friday, July 13th 2018 from 4:00pm to 9pm, several Wai‘anae community groups will host a live televised Candidates forum on ‘Ōlelo Community Television Channel 49 on O‘ahu (Congressional Candidates forum slated for 5pm). Democratic Congressional Candidate, Sherry Alu Campagna, running for U.S. House District 2 against Tulsi Gabbard, will participate in this televised opportunity to discuss important issues facing Congressional District 2 and the nation.

In recent news, Rep.Tulsi Gabbard was sharply criticized for dodging debate and forum invitations statewide, which results in the deletion of CD2 forums and debates from public candidate showcases and the sidelining of any discourse on CD2 priorities during an election.

The sponsors of this event include: Wai‘anae Valley Homestead Community Association, Wai‘anae Hawaiian Civic Club, Wai‘anae Coast Neighborhood Board — Hawaiian Affairs Committee, Nānākuli-Maili Neighborhood Board — Hawaiian Affairs Committee, and ‘Ōlelo Community Media.

“We are more than happy to provide this opportunity to the candidates and to Hawaii’s people who deserve to hear from all the candidates,” said, Kapua Keliikoa-Kamai, the coordinator for the candidate forum, “ we are also very grateful to ‘Ōlelo Community Media for partnering with us.”

Wai‘anae coordinators invited all candidates to the forum. Alu-Campagna gratefully accepted saying, “I am most heartened by the fact that this important televised forum is organized by Native Hawaiian community groups and on public access television. Democracy lives in the hearts of the people. We have to ensure there’s a public platform for all Hawai‘i’s people because we have a right to be heard.”

This Congressional Candidate forum will be broadcast live on ‘Ōlelo Community Media on Friday, July 13th from 5pm-6pm with plans for re-broadcast on ‘Ōlelo’s affiliate stations on the sister islands: Akakū on Maui, Nā Leo on Hawai‘i Island, and Ho‘ike on Kaua‘i The Live Broadcast on O‘ahu will air on ‘Ōlelo TV Channel 49, July 13th from 4:00pm — 9:00pm and can be viewed online at http://olelo.org/tune-in . Visit http://olelo.org for rebroadcast air dates.

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The Wai‘anae Coast is home to one of the largest percentage of Native Hawaiian populations in the state per capita. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Waianae Coast consists of over 35% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander persons and nearly 42% mixed race residents. Nearly 30% are estimated to live in poverty. The per capita income is $18,350 (per capita income in the past 12 months [in 2016 dollars]). Coverage of the Waianae Coast Candidate Forum is made possible through ‘Ōlelo’s Vote! initiative. Designed to increase civic participation in the democratic process and to generate voter awareness, Vote! offers several services to candidates and community organizations at no cost. To learn more about Vote! and to view election coverage, including campaign messages from this year’s candidates, visit http://olelo.org/vote .

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