WGSO Talk Show Host and political analyst Jeff Crouere and former Statewide Elected official, columnist and talk show host Jim Brown believe he did.
Crouere and Brown made their remarks in an historic Bayoubuzz discussion using Blab technology which enabled twitter users to watch, comment, tweet and even to participate by video webcast.
Crouere said that Vitter and the audience were the loser by not appearing. Brown believes the US Senator and his campaign made a decision to not participate in a “debate” program that probably had a relatively small audience given the possibilities of a mistake. According to all recent polls, he is virtually guaranteed a runoff spot and should his opponent be Democrat Jon Bel Edwards, given the state’s Republican lean, he would likely win in the runoff. Brown also feels Vitter’s strategy is consistent with his past campaigns and given his substantial advantage in campaign cash available, he would likely be continue to prevail by bombarding the airwaves with radio and TV commercials while making limited statewide TV forum appearances.
So did Vitter dodge the forum?
According to his staff, he did not, that they never approved his appearance. Furthermore, whatever reason his campaign had for not appearing, Vitter certainly has not been hiding from the public. His staff told me he has made 29 of these forums so far this campaign season, albeit, none on statewide TV.
Below is the opening video segment of the Bayoubuzz Blab. In addition to this Vitter appearance issue, Brown, Crouere and I discussed who made the best appearance.
You can watch the entire video or you can click on the “read more” below and then click on the hyperlink to view various individual segments.
Next:Part 2 of this interview tomorrow