Thursday, August 09, 2007

Rock the Vote?

A quick rant for you. I apologize in advance.

This year, I'm serving on NABJ's Elections Committee. Today, we hosted a candidate forum where members could talk to the candidates and ask them questions. It was held immediately after the Senator Clinton speech today, which a majority of the membership attended.

The committee prepared for everything. We had index cards ready to go. The committee was ready.

Tell me why no more than 40 people showed up? Or rather, stuck around. The ballroom was almost full for Clinton. For us, the entire membership could fit into three rows.

Are you serious?

I know the candidates are accessible and have been campaigning all week long, but this was the chance for members to get real answers to their questions and compare candidates side by side. For those who attended, I believe the forum was valuable. For those who missed it, you missed some insightful questions and answers. Your bad.

As an committee member, it honestly disappointed and seriously angered me that people just didn't care.

Don't complain when our budget deficit doesn't increase. If you aren't engaged, you have no right to complain.

As my fellow Ten95'er said: "I hope this isn't an indication of the national election (voter turnout)."

Me too, honey. Me too.

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Posted by T Dot at 9:10 PM | link

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it's not terribly surprising in my opinion, when I first heard that a convention would be held in Vegas during an election year, the thoughts of malaise and indifference among those in attendance would show during the election period. Vegas is more of a party town than a place of business, and it was just a bad decision that is coming back to bite whoever was involved in the decision making process in the bee-hind.

Posted by Blogger Chris @ 9:54 AM, August 10, 2007 #
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