August 7, 2009 – DeLand, FL

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michael E. Arth challenged Florida's top three leaders to a debate on Thursday night at the Democratic Club of the Southwest Volusia County meeting in Deltona. Not surprisingly none of them showed up, but the “debate” went on anyway. Arth's entourage brought life–size, cutout figures of Governor Charlie Crist, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, and Attorney General Bill McCollum. Arth said, “Whether they are here or not doesn't matter because they won't debate the serious issues affecting Floridians.”

As proof of his statement, Arth pointed out that neither Crist nor McCollum have any issues listed on their campaign websites. Arth also said:

Sink's site has five issues, but it's really the same issue repeated 5 times. She proposes trimming some fat from current programs. Elsewhere, on ads paid for by taxpayers, McCollum has talked about going after sexual predators. Of course we need to go after criminals and trim government waste – these are issues that require no debate. Instead of talking about things everyone agrees on, let's get to the bottom of how these three leaders, the trustees of Florida's nest egg, could lose $61 billion in 18 months, even after more than a dozen critical reports warned them that the State Board of Administration was engaging in questionable investment practices.

Arth also talked about how the current leaders won't discuss electoral reform, why Florida has the fastest growing prison system in the country, how poor growth management has resulted in a wide range of intractable problems, and other issues. The Democrats in the meeting hall setting interacted enthusiastically with Arth during his 45 minute long presentation.

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