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Local Media Blasts Luke Torian

By Greg L | 12 October 2009 | 52nd HOD District | 11 Comments

About the only thing not mentioned in the News & Messenger’s slam of Luke Torian’s surprise no-show at the NAACP debate was that Torian was actually knocking back free cocktails and oysters at a reception hosted by the NVBIA, a developer lobbying group, while Raphael Lopez was left to debate an empty chair.  Nice to see that the local media is going to talk about this in some way, though.  It’s pretty stunning to see a candidate blow off showing up to a debate with no notice, so this definitely qualifies as news.  Anywhere else, this would be a front page story.

The questions came and went, as if the event was just a press conference with Lopez.

Then Yassaman Stegner, who lives in the 52nd District, which takes in much of eastern Prince William, asked to be recognized.

She wanted to know where Torian stood on civil unions.

“Mr. Torian is not here,” moderator Cardell Hunter responded diplomatically. “He’s not here tonight.”

“Can we ask his stance on a certain issue?” Stegner asked. “Anybody else who may know …”

Sensing the confusion, Hunter asked Smith to intervene. The NAACP president explained that not only was Torian not present, but no one was there who was authorized to speak for him. 

Scheduling issues alone about an NAACP debate between 50th District candidates made the front page of the News & Messenger.  Here, you get one candidate simply blowing an NAACP debate off so he could drink free booze with developers, and all readers get is a column on the editorial page.  And no mention of what Torian was doing as he abandoned a committment to a civil rights organization.

Too bad.  Informed voters are better voters.

UPDATE: The News & Messenger chimes in with “An act of disrespect in the 52nd

Torian’s non-appearance at Thursday’s event raises the question of whether or not he is up to the job… Torian’s absence was not fair to the NAACP, Republican contender Rafael Lopez or the people who showed up Thursday night to hear from both candidates.

Oh, my.  I think Torian is in trouble here.

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  1. Anonymous said on 12 Oct 2009 at 5:13 pm:
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    Greg, it is on the front page.

  2. Logical Thinker said on 12 Oct 2009 at 5:56 pm:
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    This race is not over….

  3. pot, meet kettle said on 12 Oct 2009 at 6:16 pm:
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    he will get away with it because he is black and liberal, if he was white and conservative, the media would be all over this one!

  4. Greg L said on 12 Oct 2009 at 6:52 pm:
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    That’s funny, since the print edition won’t be out for another four hours, and I’ve never seen the N&M put an editorial column on the front page.

    Stranger things have happened with this paper, though…

  5. James Young said on 12 Oct 2009 at 7:30 pm:
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    By the time Anon posted his comment, Greg (even 5:13 pm Zulu), the paper was out, and the story was, indeed, on the front page.

  6. Greg L said on 12 Oct 2009 at 7:59 pm:
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    Well, slap my bottom and call me Pappy! The N&M ran an editorial column on the front page. Will wonders never cease…

  7. Charles said on 12 Oct 2009 at 9:01 pm:
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    Greg, they don’t list it as an opinion piece, it’s “local news”.

    I presume they sent Hunley to cover the debate, and he’s reporting on it.

  8. Ayn Rand is Right said on 13 Oct 2009 at 8:02 am:
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    I guess Torian figures he has the NAACP vote locked up, and could afford to blow it off to booze and schmooze. The sad thing is, I believe the earlier comment is correct, as it would explain Marion Barry, Obama, Wrengle, and a whole host of others, not to mention Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

  9. J. B. Miller said on 13 Oct 2009 at 11:25 am:
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    The bottom line, Republicans can take and retain the seat in the 52nd, if they just come out and vote Republican. Democrat Luke Torian is alot more hype then actual support.

  10. Casanova Frankenstein said on 13 Oct 2009 at 11:51 am:
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    At least half of Torian’s church doesn’t even want him as their delegate!

  11. Bryanna said on 15 Oct 2009 at 5:18 pm:
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    Luke 65% Raphael 35%

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