Another City of LA mayoral candidate debate has been postponed. Kevin James, who I will interview for a future article, is the only Republican in the race. He sent out this email today:
"I have unfortunate news. The Mayoral debate scheduled for Thursday, February 23rd has been postponed, AGAIN. We have received a tremendous amount of support and interest to attend the debate. This afternoon, however, we were just informed by the debate organizers that all of my opponents refuse to appear on the stage together. They are afraid - afraid to be held accountable by our campaign, afraid to have their ideas undergo public scrutiny.
This is precisely the problem with City Hall and why we have rampant corruption. This election should be about an open discussion of ideas, transparency, accessibility and honesty - not backroom deals and truck-loads of special interest cash.
We will have more information as we receive it, but for now please take note that the debate scheduled for Thursday has been postponed.
It is now clear that my opponents -- all of them -- will try and hide from their own failed records. When the debate organizers asked for the publication of position papers responding to the committee's questions leading up to the first debate, I was the ONLY candidate to publish them. All of my opponents ignored the request, choosing instead to keep their ideas (if they even have them) secret from the public. This was our first sign that something was up in connection with the first debate. Such conduct by my opponents is not a sign of leadership -- it is cowardice.
We need every bit of support we can find. We need resources to get our message out and fight back against our opponents who are hiding from the public. Please consider providing additional support to our campaign.
I promise that as your Mayor my door will always be open, my ideas will be innovative, I will have a ZERO tolerance policy for corruption, and I will host a weekly call-in radio show as Mayor where everyone will have the opportunity to have their concerns aired before the public and their questions answered.
Together, we can fix Los Angeles.
Kevin will make an excellent mayor. If you want to know more about him you can visit his web site: http://www.kevinjamesformayor.com