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"Norman Lear, the greatest TV comedy producer of all time, can’t get a series made these days, he says. The Producer’s Guild of America may have named its episodic comedy award after Lear, but good luck getting a Lear-made episodic comedy on the air now.
In a TV-transforming run through the 1970s, Lear tackled the most controversial issues of the time – including racism, abortion, sexism and so much else – but he says the only time he’s ever been censored is today."
How a person loses a race shows a lot about the candidate's character.
How a person wins an elected office can often paint an even clearer picture of what's inside.
Mike Chilton is a quality man who won his election last evening.
A word from the Campaign of Mike Chilton -
NEWS RELEASEFOR MORE INFO: MIKE CHILTON
MAY 21, 2014
CHILTON HUMBLED BY VOTER CONFIDENCE
(Boise). Republican candidate for Ada County Coroner Mike Chilton won his bid for nomination in Tuesday’s Primary Election.
“I would like to begin by acknowledging the great service rendered by Mr. Sonnenberg to the people of Ada County for some 36 years,” Chilton began. “I hope to build upon the foundation he has laid.”
“I am truly humbled by the honor my neighbors have bestowed upon me,” Chilton continued. “This is an office which carries tremendous responsibility, and I pledge myself to work as hard as I can to strengthen the services Ada County provides to the wonderful people of this county.”
“I also want to congratulate Mr. Karinen and Mr. Townsend for their willingness to serve in office, and to put themselves out there as candidates,” Chilton said. “Running a campaign is no easy proposition.”
“Lastly, I must thank my beautiful wife, Nora, and my sons for their patience and support during this campaign. I am a blessed man,” Chilton concluded. “I am so grateful to my supporters and the people of this county for their confidence. This has been a wonderful experience and I am excited by the challenge of being your next Coroner. Thank you so much.”
I think there were 8 or 9 candidates in the primary race.
One was Butch Otter.
One was Harley Brown.
As is the custom, due to the tenuous relationships between all candidates and most newspaper editorial boards, we were all hesitantly invited in and interviewed by the Idaho Statesman's Editorial Board.
Since the group was rather numerous, they divided us in half.
I was invited in with Butch, Harley and another candidate whose name escapes me now.
I've got to be honest with you, I was a bit nervous at first.
That is until they asked us to introduce ourselves.
Butch went first and did a fine job, the other now-forgotten candidate followed him. Each sat calmly and spoke in acceptable terms about themselves and their candidacies.
Then Harley's turn came.
I'll never forget it.
He stood up, stretching out in his signature black leather biker outfit, adjusted his biker cap and pulled tightly on his already tight biker gloves.
Then he began.
"Look you liberal sons of b_______, I got no use for any of you _____ ______. You can all go _______ off, because I know that whatever I say as a ______________ candidate you will all twist and turn and make me look like I'm crazy. So up yours, you ______ ________. Take those comments and print them."
Then, he firmly sat down, placed his gloved hands together on the table and smiled.
Silence enveloped the relatively small room, with so many people nervously sitting together - looking at each other and the floor, respectively, in long moments of awkwardness.
My turn came next.
All eyes turned toward me. The lead editorial board member quietly asked me to identify myself....
I cleared my throat and began.
"Well, at least you now know that there's somebody to the right of Dennis Mansfield!"
And the place exploded with laughter.
So Harley's odd-ball internet sensation-time from the Governor's debate doesn't surprise me at all!
Russ Fulcher Speaks Out About Idaho’s Gubernatorial Debate Being Mocked in National News
“Once again, Governor Otter erred on the side of ‘getting me re-elected’ rather than accountability when he demanded to introduce a circus atmosphere as a contingency to his one and only debate."
May 15th, 2014
(Meridian, ID) As the local and national media have picked up on the circus that was the Idaho Public Television debate last night, Idaho State Sen. Russ Fulcher and gubernatorial candidate spoke out:
“Although they did not meet the debate’s qualifying criteria, governor Otter demanded inclusion of two perennial candidates, Walt Bayes and Harley Brown, as a contingency of his participation in the only debate he would agree to. As a result, the ‘debate’ turned from a serious discussion regarding the position for Idaho’s Chief Executive, to a mockery of the Republican Party and of Idaho. Clearly, the governor wanted to take time away from me and minimize exposure to his failed record as governor. Apparently, governor Otter is content to have Idaho be a laughing stock so long as it improves his chance of winning an election."
Senator Fulcher continued, “Idahoans deserve better. A governor should be willing to hold himself accountable and face a legitimate challenger in a public forum. I have nothing against Mr. Brown or Mr. Bayes, but Governor Otter was well aware of the environment he would create when he demanded their inclusion as a contingency of his participation. When I am governor, I will not subject my party or my state to this type of public humiliation."
Last night Idaho witnessed one of the most bizarre debates in its history. This video by Nick McMullin pulls the most hilarious and...noteworthy pieces together.
This video highlights a few things. First, it is obviously funny. Second, it shows just how terrible the debate last night was for actual civil discourse and answering questions about real issues facing the Gem State in the next few years.
But third, what was Butch Otter thinking? Russ Fulcher said early on that Butch was ducking him and not showing up to town hall meetings and discussions all over the state. Governor Otter insisted that perennial fringe candidates Harley Brown and Walt Bayes be included in on last nights debate - the only debate where Otter and Fulcher went head to head.
Last night's debate will become the object of national specticle. I fully believe that we will see this video on the Daily Show or the Colbert Report before election day on next Tuesday. By insisting that Mr. Brown and Mr. Bayes be included in the debate, Otter turned it from being issue-focused discourse to a circus where Idahoans were on the edge of their seat waiting for the next laugh track.
How will this bode for the election? Your guess is as good as mine, but I think it's apperent that Butch Otter does not want his track record held up next to Fulcher's plans for Idaho's future.