2010-09-08 / News

Political underdogs meet up at Tavern Talk

By Laura Peters

Bayne Bayne Three congressional candidates showed up to voice their opinions on health care, education and other issues of concern to voters during last week’s Tavern Talk, sponsored by the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia. Floyd Bayne (I) and Rick Waugh (D), both candidates for the 7th District’s congressional seat, and Dr. Wynn LeGrow, who is running as a Democrat in the 4th District, met with almost two dozen people at Chester’s Howlett’s Tavern on Aug. 30 to answer their questions.

The low turnout was likely due to the lack of an incumbent presence. Congressmen Eric Cantor (R-7th) and Randy Forbes (R- 4th) did not attend.

“It’s a slap in the face to the voters, because they have a right to know what all the candidates have to say,” Bayne said.

“I think we’re just upset the incumbents aren’t here,” Waugh said. “The whole purpose of my campaign is to make sure that 100 percent of people are represented in Congress, not just the privileged few.”

Waugh Waugh Although Cantor and Forbes were noshows, their challengers did discuss major topics and came to some agreement on how money should be spent. They all supported more money for education and increasing teachers’ salaries.

All three also believe congressmen are overpaid and said that money could be used elsewhere, like spending it on teachers and social workers.

There were differing views on health care: Bayne wants there to be no universal health care while LeGrow and Waugh want it to be more accessible to the public.

“There are some relatively short-term problems, which are jobs and education, and I don’t think either are being properly addressed,” LeGrow said. “As for long-term problems, I’m absolutely convinced that global climate change is real, and we are causing it by burning fossil fuels, and Congress isn’t adequately addressing it.”

LeGrow LeGrow “I’m totally and absolutely frustrated with the lack of representation we have in Congress,” Bayne said. “The reason I’m running as an Independent is because I don’t believe either the Republicans or the Democrats know their jobs, and we need someone in there that cares more about the Constitution.”

Bayne said Cantor doesn’t stand on a position and can’t answer the public’s questions.

“Despite what Mr. Cantor might think, there are a lot of people in the 7th district who have a lot of questions who would like to ask him those questions, but he’s not putting himself in a position where anybody is going to ask him any,” Bayne said. “If you’re going to stand for a position, you’ve got to be able to defend that position. If you can’t, you should probably re-evaluate it. While Rick and I disagree on certain issues, we are willing to stand up and tell you why.”

Congressional elections will be held Nov. 2.

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