Morgan Griffith can only win if he draws Rick Boucher out of his comfort zone.
Morgan Griffith will win if he forces Rick Boucher to answer for all that ails Southwest Virginia.
To that end, the following letter was forwarded to Congressman Boucher yesterday:
June 28, 2010
The Honorable Rick Boucher
2187 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Congressman Boucher,
I am writing you today to ask you to meet me in debate. More specifically, I ask that you agree to open public debates in every county and city across Virginia's 9th Congressional District between now and Election Day in November.
The people deserve to hear their candidates for Congress debate so that they can make an informed decision on who is the best fit to serve them in Washington.
I look forward to hearing your explanation as to why you voted against the people of Virginia and with Nancy Pelosi on Cap and Trade. This legislation will send manufacturing jobs overseas, eliminate coal jobs in southwest Virginia and increase electric bills.
Since the Congress is taking an extra week of vacation time this year you will have a full five weeks in late July and August to schedule these debates. Congress will also recess by early October so you will have that entire month to meet me in debate before the election as well. Certainly you can find the time for these important events.
I know that in the past you have preferred to run TV and radio ads rather than debate, but I hope in this critical election year you will meet with the voters.
I will be willing to debate you anywhere, anytime and anyplace. I am willing to take that risk to educate the voters about our respective political philosophies, ideas and plans for our country. Are you? I am confident that it is to my benefit that the voters know where we stand on the issues.
To make sure we have a level playing field, we can ask the local media to set the terms of the debates and moderate them.
I hope your response will be favorable and my campaign can work with your staff to start scheduling these important debates tomorrow.
H. Morgan Griffith
A series of debates is the only plan Griffith should settle for (Boucher will try to settle on one). Griffith must be the news for the next four months. He must take the offensive and not relinquish it. And he must not get sidetracked by the Roanoke Times trying to make much of the fact that he doesn't live in the 9th Congressional District yet (neither does Boucher, in reality).
It's Griffith's time. There is no better time. Th'ow down the gloves. Have at him.