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Debate, Please

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.”

On this day in 44 B.C., Julius Caesar bit the dust.

The Ides of March.

Since Marwin Gonzalez has been with the ‘Stros, how many times has he started on Opening Day?

Folks talk sh_t all the time on the internet.

Folks also don’t have their facts correct, but they think they do. I saw this tweet in reaction to a post about Rep. Ana Hernandez’s fundraiser this evening that the H-Town Mayor is hosting:

PoliticoHack‏ @politi_hack 21m21 minutes ago

Replying to @PatrickSvitek

Even this Dallas gal knows that Hernandez supported Turner for Houston Mayor early, instead of Adrian Garcia, who served on City Council with (State Rep. Carol) Alvarado, whom Alvarado supported for Mayor. #notsurprised

Rep. Alvarado didn’t endorse former Sheriff Garcia in his mayoral bid. She endorsed Mayor Turner in the runoff. Those are the facts.

It is really a shame that we don’t have Dem nomination gubernatorial debates scheduled for the runoff. Debates have the potential to get more Dem voters participating. What a shame.

Kuffer thinks there ought to be debates and here is from his take today:

1. Just as a reminder, some 30% of primary voters picked someone other than Valdez and White on March 6. Some of them surely made a conscious decision to vote for one of the other candidates, but some of them just as surely picked a name more or less at random. Neither Valdez nor White has a whole lot of money right now, and neither campaign has done that much voter outreach yet. Having debates will do a lot to perform outreach to the voters who for whatever reason didn’t pick one of the frontrunners the first time around, and they’re basically free.

2. As I said before, Democrats have the only statewide runoff on the ballot as well as more Congressional runoffs. The Democratic gubernatorial runoff is the highest-profile race on the ballot right now, the only one that can claim to give a reason for everyone to vote. (Well, everyone except those who voted in the Republican primary.) Maybe this is just restating point #1, but Valdez-White debates are the best opportunity we will have to focus attention on our eventual nominee for Governor, and perhaps the only opportunity we will have to do so in a way that isn’t filtered through the default Republican perspective. This is a great gift, and both candidates should embrace it.

3. Beyond the practical concerns elections with candidate debates >>> elections without candidate debates. Yeah, sure, most debates are more about choreography and pre-packaged applause lines and zingers and whatnot. They’re still the best chance to see what a candidate looks like under pressure, and without a squadron of consultants standing by to keep them on message. Why wouldn’t we want this? Campos has more.

Here is all of Kuffer: http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=85388.

What is the problem? Debate, please.

In 2012, Marwin Gonzalez was our Opening Day starter at shortstop and in 2016, he was our Opening Day starter at first base of course.

Marwin will likely be our Opening Day starter in left field or first base two weeks from today.

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