Before the debate starts, moderators Brian Allen and Trevor Mitchell have a hot mic conversation on how they will do the debate. I found this exchange interesting and thought I would document it if it gets edited from video;
UPDATE II: During the KELO TV debate they addressed Paul as Mr. TenHaken, the correct protocol.
UPDATE: They did edit it out of the DakotaNews and Argus FB videos, so luckily I caught it;
Brian Allen, “I’ve done this a time or two, I know where the quicksand is.”
Mitchell asks Allen, “How do you plan on addressing them? First name?”
Allen then asks who I assume is his producer, and there is a quiet conversation and it is decided to call him Mayor TenHaken.
Allen, “So we are giving him the power of the incumbency during the debate? That makes sense, so it will be Mr. Zokaites, Ms. Islam and Mayor TenHaken.”
Actually, they all should have been addressed the same way, as this handy little guidance points out.
Also during the debate Allen made sure he thanked Paul for his response every time, “Thank You Mayor TenHaken.” That did not happen with the other candidates as often.
Trevor and Allen also had a discussion about the candidates in attendance before debate, and Trevor said, “I see Brekke and Pam Cole.” and Allen perks up and says, “Is Sarah Cole here?” Not sure what that meant?
I will give props to David (who I voted for and have been endorsing) I think he gave common sense answers to big issues. I think Islam has a lot of passion when it comes to the vulnerable and she is well studied on the issues and she took Poops to task several times. TenHaken was on the defense most of the night, and seemed frustrated at the beginning and a little agitated. That is because he is NOT cut out for the job and never has been.
I guess Stormland TV is having another debate tomorrow night at 8 PM, hopefully the council meeting will be done by then.
Downtown Rotary hosted a forum with the At-Large A Candidates today;