Thursday, May 07, 2009

First Televised Debate Scheduled-The citizens should demand more

The Boston Globe (thankfully still alive!) has taken the lead in scheduling two televised debates for the fall.

I encourage community groups and other media organizations to invite the candidates to their group to talk about the issues that face them. Now is the best time in years to be able to hold our elected leaders accountable and to talk about different ideas for moving the city forward. I'm pretty sure that Sam, Michael and I would attend any such forum, and I would hope that the Mayor would as well.

The text of the invitation follows:

Kevin McCrea

Kevin McCrea for mayor

Sent via email to

Dear Mr. McCrea,

This is an invitation to participate in two mayoral debates co-sponsored by The Boston Globe, WGBH-TV, New England Cable News, and WBUR radio – one during the preliminary race and one, should you prevail, during the general election.

We are planning the preliminary election debate for Tuesday, September 15, at the WGBH studios in Brighton, from 7 to 8 p.m. A panel of reporters will offer questions. Candidates are invited to bring supporters to fill out a live audience. The debate will also feature an on-line component.

We are planning the general election debate for Thursday, October 22, also from 7 to 8 p.m. For this debate, our preference is to hold it in the community, and we are exploring venues such as the John F. Kennedy Library in Dorchester. We would also plan to add a strong citizen component.

We appreciate your involvement and look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible. When you respond, we will schedule a meeting to work out various details about the debates with all parties. Please feel free to reach Brian McGrory at 617-929-3059, or Linda Polach at 617-300-2487.


Brian McGrory Linda Polach Sam Fleming Iris Adler

The Boston Globe WGBH WBUR NECN

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