Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Anne Northup to the NAACP -- :"You gotta eat!"

Anne Northup says she's skipping an NAACP debate for the 3rd Congressional District because she has a family dinner to go to. Is it that she wants to eat dinner or is she afraid the other candidates will eat her for lunch over issues that impact minorities.

Her campaign has more dodges than Daimler Chrysler.

NAACP unhappy with Northup
GOP candidate will skip debate
By Kay Stewart
The Courier-Journal

NAACP leaders are upset that U.S. Rep. Anne Northup is skipping their debate Sunday for 3rd Congressional District candidates that will focus on African-American issues.

Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, one of the sponsors, said he learned Monday that Northup will not attend.

Democrat John Yarmuth and candidates Donna Walker Mancini of the Libertarian Party and W. Ed Parker of the Constitution Party are scheduled to attend the debate at Meyzeek Middle School in the Smoketown neighborhood south of downtown, Cunningham said.

The 6:30 p.m. event is free and open to the public and will be held in the auditorium.

Northup said yesterday that she has a conflicting family dinner and already has agreed to several debates this month.

Cunningham said invitations were sent in July for the local NAACP's first congressional debate.

"We're disappointed that she's not coming. I think it's unfortunate. The African-American community is 19.5 percent of the district," he said.

Cunningham said Northup's failure to participate doesn't allow citizens "or especially African-American citizens an opportunity for the candidates to respond to specific questions."

Yarmuth said he wasn't surprised that his opponent would not attend the NAACP-sponsored debate, especially after she had received an "F" from the national NAACP for her voting record.

Tim Chapman, a government and social studies teacher at Meyzeek, said he sent a letter yesterday to Northup signed by 30 teachers asking her to attend.

Keith Look, Meyzeek's principal, said he called Northup's office yesterday.

"The educational opportunity to have something here with full participation is tremendous," Look said. "This is the best a public school gets, to have a debate on a congressional seat."

Reporter Kay Stewart can be reached at (502) 582-4114.

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