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Gloucester, Ma GOP Using Soviet Tactics

Got an email from Luke Noble, Chairman of the Gloucester Republican City Committee, stating that there will be a debate for Gloucester's 2013 election candidates. This debate will be held Soviet-style: questions must be submitted to the Gloucester Daily Times, a day before the debate. No "un-vetted" questions will be allowed at either of the two debates.

I almost sent Luke a reply email asking whether he knew that this form of question vetting was Soviet-style. Then I realized that he doesn't care, he is part of the system, and my efforts would be better spent alerting the Daily Paul audience about this.

The full text of the email is below. Please, MA and especially Gloucester residents who read this, feel free to let the local GOP chapter know how much of a fan you are of Soviet-style tactics being used in our elections.



RE: Mayoral Debates:

Do you have questions you’d like to see asked of Gloucester’s 2013 election candidates during the Gloucester Daily Times debates this week?

The Times is hosting five debates on Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Gloucester Stage Company’s Gorton’s Theatre, and all of the questions used will be based on those submitted to the Times by noon on Tuesday.

If you have one or more questions you’d like to see posed in any of the contested races those nights, just send your questions — via email or regular mail — to Times Editor and debate moderator Ray Lamont at rlamont@gloucestertimes.com, or at the Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester MA 01930.

Please be sure to include in which debate or debates you’d like to see the question included, and remember that all questions must be asked in a way to be posed to both or all candidates. There will be no questions that target any specific candidate, and there will be no questions from the audience on the night of the debates.

The Times debates begin Wednesday, Oct. 16, with Ward 5 candidates Scotadam Chernov and William Fonvielle fielding questions and debating at 6:15 p.m., Ward 2 candidates Melissa Cox and Ann Frontiero Mulcahey at 7 p.m., and the eight councilor-at-large candidates debating at 8 p.m.

The second night of debates — Thursday, Oct. 17 — will feature the nine School Committee candidates at 6:30 p.m., and mayoral candidates Carolyn Kirk and Mac Bell at 8 p.m.

All of the debates are free and open to the public; all will also be recorded and shown later over Cape Ann TV community television.

Luke Noble
State-committeeman First Essex & Middlesex
Chairman, Gloucester Republican City Committee
P.O.Box 463, Glouc. MA 01930
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