Some Candidates Need More Cowbell

The UPCCA candidate forum gave relevance, humor, and humility to an otherwise polarized and stagnant election cycle.

After each answer at Monday night's UPCCA candidate forum, the time keeper would have them wrap it up…with the loudest and most impatient cowbell I’ve ever head.  It kept the discussion moving, provided a bit of comic relief, and kept the candidates humble. 

Here’s who “won” and “needs more cowbell.”  (You can take that to mean “please stop talking” or Walken style encouragement.)


Board of Education

Winner:  Jen Falk (http://votejenfalk.com

  • Squarely focused on the budget, spending priorities, and quality of education issues. 
  • Wide background in advocacy for students, parents, and managing fiscal priorities. 

Needs More Cowbell: Mary Kay Murphy (http://marykayworks.com

  • Not engaged in much outreach on her positions. 
  • Took ownership of the decision to fund Chamber of Commerce positions with education dollars
  • Highlighted the need for funding from state and federal levels


House District 95

 Winner:  Tom Rice (http://tomrice.qualitycampus4.com

  • Answered most questions genuinely. 
  • Lack of ownership for some of his less popular votes is a turnoff.

Needs More Cowbell: Brooke Siskin (http://www.voteforbrooke.com/

  • Seemed a bit green for this level of leadership.
  • Great Platform and call to action.


GA-7 Congressional District

Winner: Rob Woodall (http://robwoodall.com/

  • Message of temperance, collaboration, and willingness to work resonated with the crowd.  
  • Promised more FairTax progress

Needs More Cowbell:  Steve Reilly (http://www.stevereillyforcongress.com/

  • Needs to focus more on social issues
  • Mentioned but did not push the NoLabels platform.  (Needs to Push it)


Events like this present a group of people who are seeking just that; which is to say those elected or re-elected must heed these themes as tools in order to stay relevant, demonstrate accountability, and include their constituents.

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Michael k October 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Rob Woodall = temperance, collaboration, and willingness to work? Please..... What sort of snake oil is he peddling? Congressman Woodall is a career DC insider who has never held a job in the private sector, was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and has no credibility when it comes to his opposition to the "government takeover of healthcare" while at the same time benefiting from the government supplying his own healthcare. He is far right on his positions and wouldn't collaborate with anyone left of Genghis Khan if you held a gun to his head.
Jack McClure October 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Michael - these are my observations from the forum, as well as what I've observed of Woodall thus far. Are these objections because he's a republican?
Michael k October 25, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I don't object to Congressman Woodall because he is a republican. Party affiliation is not relevant to me. What is relevant is when a candidate positions himself as someone who would consider collaboration with those not in his/her own party while his/her voting record and political positions prove that such a consideration does not exist. What moderate positions does Rep. Woodall have? He is a unapologetic, conservative, Republican. Which is fine but he should own it.
Jack McClure October 25, 2012 at 04:43 PM
So you're saying that because his positions are conservative, that there is no room for comprimise on ANY issue?
Michael k October 25, 2012 at 05:48 PM
There is room to compromise on any issue. For example, President Reagan raised taxes about a dozen times during his presidency. While he was one of, if not the greatest tax reformer in our history he also presided over tax increases. In the recent Presidential debates Governor Romney has indicated that he is willing to compromise. He wants to repeal Obamacare but has indicated that there are pieces of the legislation that he supports. What similar examples can you provide for Congressman Woodall? I don't know of any.


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