Leading Candidates “No-Shows” for TV Forums
For the second week in a row, a leading U.S. Senatorial candidate didn't participate in a broadcast forum produced by Kentucky Educational Television. Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell didn't take part in the Kentucky Tonight TV show last week and Monday night Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes passed on the program. Democrat Burrell Farnsley also did not attend this week’sforum in Lexington.
Appearing in the KET studio, Louisville candidate Tom Recktenwal says he's running to represent low-to-moderate-income voters, "Middle class and the poor don't have a voice and I've lived my entire life in the middle class, kind of straddling poverty in the middle class, and I want us to have a voice.”
The 67-year-old former union steward says the only money he's spent on his campaign is the gasoline to get to events. Another Democratic candidate from Louisville, Greg Leichty says he's concerned about what he calls a "breakdown of the political process." He believes favored candidates are partly responsible for low voter turnout. Leichty commented, "Currently we have very finely tuned campaign systems that are aimed at turning out their base and turning everybody in the middle off.”
Leichty believes one way to boost voter turnout would be to move the scheduling of election days from Tuesdays to Saturdays.