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johncoby2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-20-04 05:47 PM
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Report on Tom DeLay's first debate in 20 years!
Report on the DeLay/Morrison Debate
Sponsored by the Clear Lake High School Debate Team
Oct 19, 2004 North Pointe Elementary School

Tom DeLay was quoted that debates usually had more candidates than constituents in attendance. This was clearly not the case at this debate sponsored by High School Debate Club members in Clear Lake, just south of Houston. Over 288 constituents attended, with standing room only. It was a debate crowd that DeLay couldnt miss without backlash from the community. So just 30 minutes before the debate he announced via a right wing radio show that he was coming. And all rejoiced, or so he thought.

Tom DeLay has never debated during his entire 20-year career. It required a group of high school kids, phone calls from the community, and a ton of bad publicity to bring DeLay to his debate knees. DeLay didnt even have the decency to advise the students of his last minute intentions. His staff continued to say that only a representative would show up until the last minute. When he finally graced us with his presence, he used the back door for his entrance and exit without attending the 30 meet and greet session with constituents. While the other candidates Richard Morrison, Thomas Morrison (more on him later), and Mike Fjetland, were shaking hands and meeting voters, Tom DeLay with his entourage of body guards and staff, entered in a back door and hid behind the curtain on the stage until the debate.

The debate was very well done. The moderator a 14-year old student created 5 questions on issues concerning the area, then took 6 questions from the audience screened by the debate club. The set up was very professional and except for a few obnoxious pomp-pomp carrying (yes pomp-pomp carrying) DeLay supporters with the big sponge fingers, (yes big sponge fingers) the event went off pretty much without a hitch.

Hoots and Hollering
During the debate there were a few times when the crowd groaned loudly in disbelief, laughed loudly, and even boo-ed LOUDLY at DeLay when he praised Bush for his leadership in taking us into Iraq and claiming our environment was better off because of him. The only other laughter was directed at Thomas Morrison for his comment about the air being cleaner now than it was 20 years ago. (More on him later)

Richard Morrison held his own and was never boo-ed, laughed at, or had any groans from the audience. Mike Fjetland was very well spoken and at times took sharp jabs at Tom DeLay, who was sitting next to him. Thomas Morrison was another story.

Who is Thomas Morrison?
It seems odd that at a time when Tom DeLay is considered to be vulnerable and a viable candidate named Richard Morrison is running, another Morrison just so happens to enter the race. Thomas Morrison is an advocate for a flat tax or national sales tax, much like Tom DeLay. He was the director of Texans for Fair Tax, an organization that references Tom DeLay. Implying that Thomas Morrison is a plant by DeLay would be irresponsible, but it sure does seem odd especially since he has absolutely no chance of winning, doesnt have yard signs or even a website. It should make one wonder.

San Jacinto Rail
On specific issues DeLay was able to use the limited debate format to his advantage. He claimed he was working to find a solution to the proposed San Jacinto Rail, a rail to carry toxic explosive chemicals through the Clear Lake area. What he didnt say was that for 2 years he has done nothing but collect $51,000 from the rail company (BNSF) and told a citizen contingency that he didnt want to get involved after they pleaded for his help. The rail was opposed by the overwhelming majority of elected officials from the subdivisions to Congress, except for DeLay.

On education he claimed to support The No Child Left Behind Act, but failed to note that he refused to fully fund the measure. The moderator mentioned the lack of funding had affected his Debate Club, costing members an extra $50 for each debate function, one per week, as well as cuts to classes, bus service, and school teachers. Richard Morrison also pointed out that DeLays redistricting strong-arming destroyed any political capital that could have been used for school finance reform much needed in Texas. And DeLay sidestepped the issue on the Social Security Fairness act affecting Texas teachers, which DeLay blocked even with wide bi-partisan support for the bill.

Energy Policy
DeLay blamed the lack of an energy policy on the Democrats in the Senate, but failed to mention that the energy plan would have been accepted, had DeLay guarantees the lawsuit protection clause for Lyondell would not be placed back into the bill during committee. Lyondell has been involved in lawsuits for the contamination of water supplies due to a chemical called MTBE. Lyondell is also a member of the San Jacinto Rail Project. DeLay wanted lawsuit protection for Lyondell put into the bill. The Democrats and Republicans would not allow a vote on the bill because of it.

Other Issues
DeLay supported assault rifles while the others believe the ban should remain, but should be strengthened. DeLay was clear on his opposition to commuter rail diverting hundreds of millions of dollars to other cities, while Richard Morrison and Fjetland supported rail.

In Closing
It was clear after this debate Tom DeLay is not well liked and has too much power for one Congressman especially when that power is directed against his own constituents. His disrespect for his constituents by announcing he would not participate in the debate is enough to throw him out of office, but his arrogance when dealing with the High School students was just disgusting. At the end of the debate I asked if those in attendance would consider a donation to the debate club to offset costs and cuts to the Debate Club.

True to form, the self proclaimed most powerful man in Congress gave just $20.

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Mojambo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-20-04 05:54 PM
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1. Excellent recap
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reprehensor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-20-04 06:24 PM
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2. Is that an original report John...
And may I re-post at and the Randi Rhodes forum?
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johncoby2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-20-04 06:57 PM
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3. YES!! Repost as you wish!
the more the merrier!!!
We got delay to debate!!!!!!
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-20-04 07:13 PM
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4. You rock, dude!
Thanks for the excellent report!

And let's kep spreading the word about Mr. Tightfist. First he screws the debate club once by promoting NCLB, then he almost screws them again by trying not to appear.

Thanks for keeping us aware of all the doings down south!
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-20-04 10:40 PM
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5. thanks for the coverage John
And thank you for being there too. Cheapskate DeLay!

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Justitia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-20-04 11:02 PM
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6. thanks, great report! A question...
How much do you think this "Tom Morrison" spectre candidate will affect the race? Is he on the ballot? Will voters mistakenly choose him when actually wanting to vote for Richard Morrison?

This is the first I have heard of the "Tom Doppleganger" and it concerns me...
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freesqueeze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-21-04 04:40 PM
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7. The planted same-name guy is hilarious
And he is a total supporter of Delay? Too funny.
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silverlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-22-04 04:08 PM
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8. link to debate
Here's a good link to the debate for anyone who is interested.
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-22-04 04:35 PM
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9. Thanks for this post
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CitySky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-04 09:18 PM
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10. thanks John
loved the report. :)
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