A Series Of Interruptions
D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) squared off with opponent Patrick Mara on News Talk on NewsChannel 8 today, and they tussled for about 17 minutes.
Moderator Bruce DePuyt tried actually asking questions about Schwartz's voting record and current issues facing both candidates in the Sept. 9 Republican primary for the at-large seat. But Schwartz and Mara often interjected while the other was answering.
Mara attacked Schwartz on raising taxes and failing to adequately oversee the city's summer youth jobs program, which falls under her Committee on Workforce Development and Government Operations.
Schwartz explained how she sponsored tax cuts through the years, voted against past budgets she thought were inflated and sponsored legislation that created the city's two annual tax-free spending periods.
Mara told her she can't be a Republican two weeks out of the year. Ouch.
But Schwartz noted that Mara has received money from special interests, referring to the business community still fuming over her push to give all workers paid sick leave. "He seems like an OK person, but nobody knew him before the election," she said. Ouch.
The debate was streamed live at 4 p.m., and you can watch it again at 11 p.m. on NewsChannel 8.
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