Let's face it folks--the Palm Beach Post is part of the SLEAZE factor. The PBPost should and must be fair and balanced and give all viable candidates the opportunity for interviews and express their opinions on the issues especially if they (the PBPost editorial board) are going to be in the "endorsement" business. This is what keeps democracy honest.
The purpose of a free press is fundamental to the concept of a government "of the people, by the people and for the people." But the Post had already made up its mind. The Post endorsed all candidates FOR the PB County sales tax increase which amounts to 17%. I would like to know why they are endorsing anyone? Give the candidate views and let the people decide.
Today I read Rick Christie's editorial and his endorsements for the election on November 8. The very last sentence regarding the Board of County Commission race District 3 and speaking about Dave Kerner, he says: His opponent, no-party candidate Sean Hogan, did not meet with The Post Editorial board. This statement implied that Hogan didn't bother showing up to the Editorial Board interview. By omission, it was a dishonest and sleazy statement. I just got off the phone with Mr. Christie who told me that his board did not have the time to meet with NPA's this year, that they were too busy. When I complained about this race only having two candidates and refusing an interview with one and that it was outrageous, he quickly said, "thanks." He could have cared less.
As everyone knows, Dave Kerner, who I personally like, has raised a lot of money and has been endorsed by every special interest group going as well as Shelley Vana, one of the commissioners who has never seen a development project she hasn't liked. Sean Hogan, on the other hand, has been shut out by the Press, Lake Worth's Commissioner Andy Amoroso's public endorsement of Kerner and even The League of Women voters that did not publish his information.
I would just like everyone to have a fair shot.
Following is the Sean Hogan Campaign's response to this situation:
Palm Beach Post Candidate Interview
All of the PBC Ballot Candidates were asked to participate in a Palm Beach Post Candidate Interview, except Sean Hogan, District 3 County Commissioner Candidate running on a NPA ticket.
When Hogan was talking to County Commissioner Candidate for District 5, Taniel Shant, after their Sun Sentinel Interview, Shant mentioned to Sean about the Palm Beach Post Interview. Hogan knew nothing about Candidate Interviews with the Palm Beach Post. Subsequently, Sean called Rick Christie, the Editor of the Palm Beach Post who conducted the Candidate Interviews to schedule his interview.
Christie indicated that it IS the Palm Beach Post Policy NOT to interview NPA (no Party Affiliation) Candidates or Write In Candidates. Although Christie said he was sorry, he also said this is our Position, and they have no time for an interview with Hogan.
Sean reached out to US Senate Candidate Bruce Nathan, also NPA, who had an interview with the Palm Beach Post, proving the Palm Beach Post Policy is subjective.
Hogan believes the Palm Beach Post not only lied to him about their Policy to not interview NPA and Write In Candidates, but because of their endorsement of Dave Kerner for District 3 County Commissioner, the Palm Beach Post has interfered with Hogan's opportunity to passionately share his platform and is unfairly influencing his District 3 Voters in Kerner's favor since there are only 2 Candidates. A Candidate Interview is a distinctly personal format far more effective than a Voter Guide Questionnaire that limits the responses to pre-determined questions.
Several of Hogan's constituents contacted Hogan today with great displeasure of his "no show" for the Palm Beach Post Candidate Interview, which was reported in today's paper. Further proof of the Palm Beach Post shaping and influencing the Voter response at the polls on election day for the District 3 County Commissioner race.
Dr. Jody McLeod Andrews