This Congressional race is about to kill me. Does anyone else feel like a mental meltdown is just around the corner every time you think about all the smoke and mirrors that have been put up by the candidates? This past week, The East Knoxville Community Meeting held a Second Congressional Forum. Hubert Smith was the mediator and all the candidates were invited. The only candidates that were not able to attend were Ashley Nickloes and Tim Burchett due to previous arrangements. Great questions were asked to all the candidates. Then something candidate and State Rep. Jimmy Matlock started to make his attack.
Representative Matlock was asked a question (unrelated to his next action). He reached over, took the paper with Ashley’s name on for her seat, and wrote Mayor Burchetts name on it. Instead of answering the question that he was asked, Senator Matlock made a speech about the absence of Mayor Burchett. He was questioning why Burchett doesn’t go to open debates and specifically why he wouldn’t debate with Matlock himself.
This little attack struck me as very strange. I recently received an email from someone on Matlock’s asking for my email for a lawyer so I can’t go directly to the Matlock campaign and ask about his speech at the event. I did go to a person that I CAN talk to, Mayor Burchett himself. I asked him why he chooses to not go to these debates and debate with Matlock. He simply put it as he has been going door to door. I will also add that he is also still the Mayor of Knox County. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s probably a very busy job.
I’m not sure why Jimmy Matlock is worried about empty seats. Maybe it’s because Victor Ashe wrote about his empty seat as a Representive and missed votes on the Transportation Committee. Here is the link to that story with KnoxNews..
Either way, I feel we still need to focus on getting every vote we can. We don’t need to be attacking each other! But what do I know. I don’t know anything…. I mean who even is Jane and such? I’m sure we all can agree with only 1 week till early voting, we are in for a bumpy ride til the end.