Hoover calls for Kentucky to form debate commission for gubernatorial races

06/05/2015 01:56 PM

In an op-ed published Friday, House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover is calling on the candidates for governor to appear in a series of debates before the Nov. 3 election, and the state should form a debate commission to ensure the debates take place.

Recognizing that it “may be too late in the process to form such a commission this year,” Hoover wrote that he hopes officials from the Republican Party of Kentucky and the Kentucky Democratic Party work together to create such a commission before the next gubernatorial election.

Hoover said the commission would “solicit applications for a specified number of host sites and then produce and conduct the debates.”

“The candidates would know they would have built-in audiences of people genuinely interested in the political process and looking to select the best person for the position,” Hoover wrote. “The voters, more importantly, would have confidence in knowing there would be opportunities to hear the candidates talk genuinely about issues and set aside typical rhetoric, and have the ability to compare and contrast them.”

Hoover, R-Jamestown, also promoted WDRB-TV conservative columnist John David Dyche’s call for a series of six 75-minute, single-issue debates to take place in each congressional district before the general election.

“This is an idea that I believe has much merit and one that I believe is necessary to enable the voters of Kentucky to make informed choices based on the candidates’ principles and core beliefs,” Hoover wrote.

“Unfortunately, we live in a political climate that is far too often dominated and driven by 30-second sound bites, rehearsed scripts and, most discouraging, inflammatory accusations lobbed at one another,” he said.

“You don’t have to look any further than the recent gubernatorial primary to see evidence of this .. and the results produced of voter apathy. Throughout the Commonwealth, voter participation last month was less than 13%. I believe this is a direct result of the citizens of Kentucky being frustrated with the constant barrage of gutter-style politics that took place.”


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