Friday, October 20, 2006

Cannon hiding his Abramoff/Safavian connection by breaking debate rules

Chris Cannon hid from his record today when he interrupted Democrat Christian Burridge in a debate hosted by the Daily Herald. Christian Burridge was explaining his position on ethics reform in a open-issue statement period at the end of the debate. Christian explained that the Congress needs to reform the revolving door between lobbying firms and congressional offices by putting time bans in between work in lobbying firms and congressional offices. He pointed to the fact that Chris Cannon hired ex-lobbyist and convicted federal felon David Safavian who worked for convicted federal felon Jack Abramoff before and after he was hired by Chris Cannon to work in our 3rd District Congressional office.

While Burridge was in mid-sentence, Cannon interrupted Burridge and claimed he was being "personally attacked." Also, he argued that Burridge broke so-called universally recognized "debate rules" with his "attack." After defending Safavian he demanded an apology.

Burridge stated that Cannon interrupted his statement because Cannon did not want the audience to know about his Abramoff/Safavian connection.

Cannon broke the debate rules by interrupting Burridge during his time to speak. When someone stifles speech they usually have something to hide. We call for the Congressman to explain his relationship with David Safavian and Jack Abramoff and why he felt Burridge's statements were so threatening to act in such an unprofessional manner.

Sunlight is always the best disinfectant.

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