Letter: Anthony V. Fasolo, Leesburg

Editor:  The mid-term elections will be held on Nov. 6 and I can’t believe that there are no public debates scheduled between the incumbent Representative Barbara Comstock and the challenger Sen. Jennifer Wexton. I understand that the League of Women Voters wanted to hold this type of debate, where all are welcome at no charge and were free to ask questions, but that while Wexton accepted, Comstock refused. Why?

I was at the business-oriented debate (a “silo” debate—concentrated on only one thing—business) that was held at the National Conference Center and hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. There were approximately 500 people in attendance; one speaker said it was the largest crowd in memory for this type of debate. The event was great for the business community but what about “John and Mary Q Public,” who could not attend this event on a work day and perhaps balked at having to pay to hear a debate where they could not ask questions?

I can’t believe that there are no public debates scheduled and continue to ask why Comstock does not accept the LWV offer to debate in public.

Anthony V. Fasolo, Leesburg

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