A candidate running for office is literally interviewing with voters to get hired (or re-hired) for the widely advertised job. What we have here in Nevada, is a rare instance of a wide open Congressional seat not held down by a well entrenched incumbent.
One of the applicants for this coveted job would be Republican Mark Amodei. This column is not to criticize his stands, but his evasiveness in actually taking stands. If a candidate for any other job refused to answer any questions from an interview panel or even declined to show up to any of the series of interviews, they would simply knock themselves out of the running. The interview panel would then take a look only at the other candidates. Yet in Congress which is detached from the real world, Mark Amodei is somehow considered a front runner for this important position where he would possibly represent 300,000 plus people in an area the size of Wyoming.
He already benefited from a Republican lawsuit that greatly minimized the competition for this coveted job. (Yet he has the gall to air ads against the Chinese for being a dictatorship and their purported plans to take over this country.) And now that there are only 4 applicants left out of an original 30 for this position, Mark Amodei will only partake in a minimal amount of job interviews with voters and when he does get “interviewed” he ducks and weaves like a world class dodge baller.
For example, take a look at this interview with Jon Ralston on Face to Face where he would not commit to a position on Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal.
Then there was a town hall debate at the University of Nevada where Mark Amodei was a no show. The 3 other applicants for this job Tim Fasano, Helmuth Lehmann, and Kate Marshall all showed up to make their case to be hired and they all presented themselves quite well.
In addition, applicant Mark Amodei has also skipped out on his job interview with KTVN. The words “Reality Check” must have scared him off the way garlic repels a vampire.
In contrast, the other 3 job applicants did face the music and were interviewed with KTVN and given a “reality check”.
What is most galling is today there are 25 plus excluded candidates from the ballot who sure would not be avoiding interviews, and then being evasive with their stands when they do bother to appear. Amodei not only had the Nevada GOP silence much of his competition, he has also gone to great lengths to silence his own campaign and play it safe. The Nevada GOP’s idea of democracy is less is more.
If you ran a business, would you actually hire this guy? I will make no bones about it that I am a progressive. However, I would even hire the much more conservative Tim Fasano over Mark Amodei because at least he has been crystal clear on where he stands and does not duck away from the media and debates.
I really have to wonder if a requisite for being a Republican front runner in Nevada is to avoid the media. Last fall Sharron Angle infamously used a decoy to fool the press and slither away. At this point in time Mark Amodei is simply trying to run out the clock. If he is elected one must wonder will he continue to be this evasive with his own constituents.
To the voters of Nevada, is this someone you would hire for the job? All I know is if he actually had confidence in his positions, he would gladly subject them to a “reality check” and have no fear putting up his ideas up against his competitors. He is simply playing not to lose. As a result the voters of Nevada all lose.
I reside in Reno. I have ran 5 marathons. I have met Bill Clinton not once, but TWICE. I have also met Jack Kemp, Leon Panetta, and Dan Quayle. http://www.twitter.com/rex4congress