If Ann Kirkpatrick wants to win back her seat in Congress, she’s eventually going to have to face CD1 voters in a public setting. As a candidate for Federal office, you’d think that Kirkpatrick would want to address the people she’d be representing in Congress. Yet, so far, Kirkpatrick has refused to attend nearly every public event hosted for the CD1 Congressional candidates, including forums and debates. Her campaign has cited “scheduling conflicts” as the reason for her non-appearance. However, I am convinced that this pattern stems more from Kirkpatrick not wanting to answer questions about her record in Congress than having a conflicting campaign schedule.
For example, here are just a few public events she recently chose to skip:
1. Primary forum hosted by the White Mountain Democrats
2. Candidate forum hosted by the Maricopa Monitor and InMaricopa.
3. Televised Debate hosted by KUAT. This isn’t the first time Kirkpatrick has avoided facing voters in public.
On August 6, 2009, she famously walked out of her own town hall meeting in Holbrook when asked questions about Obamacare and her support of the controversial legislation. True representatives of the people don’t shy away from those they represent; rather, they meet with them in a public setting and listen to their questions and concerns, even when it’s difficult. This is what Ann Kirkpatrick needs to do if she wants to represent the voters of Southern Arizona in Washington, but up to now, she hasn’t demonstrated a willingness to do so.