Lesser Candidates


Last updated 9/26/2016 at 3:54pm

I attended the Candidate Forum for state offices last week in Hendersonville. The event was hosted by that city’s League of Women Voters in the City Operations Building. They had a turnout of about 75 souls, including the smiling and patriotically festooned hosts.

Republicans were represented by incumbent Chuck Edwards, vying to retain the state’s forty-eighth senate district, and Cody Henson hoping to finish his primary win for the North Carolina House District 113. The Democrats contending for the same posts were Norm Bossert, a retired educator, and Maureen Copelof, a 30-year Navy veteran. It wasn’t a fair fight.

Edwards complained early on about a point of order wherein he was quickly put in his place by an audience more attentive than himself. Jeers came later. The senator looked put upon at times and at one point hostile to his host.

Norm Bossert came off informed, passionate and on the verge of eloquent. Copelof knew the issues, did not hide behind vague platitudes and articulated her positions like someone that had served as a United States Naval Captain.

Cody Henson invoked “mountain values,” canned responses and was seemingly just as ill prepared as Chuck Edwards.

The expression referencing “knives to a gun fight” comes to mind. If this is the best the Republican Party can hurriedly put suits on, they should run lesser races.

Bob Bennett

Pisgah Forest


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