Glenn Nye Campaign Running Scared: Ban the Media!

I always told myself it would be a cold day in hell before I ever linked to Virginia News Source. It is awfully chilly in my apartment today on this 120 degree day!

The boys at Virginia News Source attended the Democratic breakfast with special guest Congressman Glenn Nye, who’s agenda appearance promised a broadside against Republican nominee. The lackluster results?

A pathetic attempt to ban all media and recording that was rightfully resisted by VNS, followed by an embarrassing remarks from a sweat-drenched Glenn Nye, despite the well air-conditioned room. Kudos to you, VNS!

To begin the meeting two staffers sought to stifle media coverage of by asking the city Democrat chairwoman Susan Mariner, a very nice, attractive woman, to ban media recording of Nye’s remarks.

Ms. Mariner said, “The request was made by his press staffer because she is very nervous and this is her first campaign.”

Informed that VNS would leave the meeting or would force the Democrats to throw us out before we would refrain from recording the event.

Mariner said, “The Republicans don’t allow you to record.” The editor replied, “I have been in the media since 1960 and I have never been banned or asked to not record a meeting.

“In fact,” he replied, “the Republicans encourage the media’s participation.”

Mariner said she didn’t know what to do as the deadline for starting Nye’s presentation passed.

The whole media debacle was just rough, unprofessional, amateurish and Ms. Mariner admitted that she had no policy.

Nye obviously modified his planned remarks with a slight display of annoyance and made no controversial comments about his opponents nor about substantiative issues.

He abruptly ended his remarks and departed. An attempt to talk with him was refused by his staff on the grounds ‘he’s in a hurry to leave.’

The editor got the distinct impression that without his people having total control, Nye was unsure of himself and ill at ease.

The building was well air-conditioned, but Nye was sweating profusely, soiling the armpits of his shirt.

VNS’ impression? Nye will try to avoid all confrontation with any opponents by rejecting debates; will only appear before soft, supportive audiences, where his staff can have control.

He doesn’t appear to have the confidence to expose himself, his comments, or his positions to a mixed party or objective audience where he can’t control the environment or questions.

The ODU College Republicans and College Democrats had been attempting to schedule a joint debate with the Rigell and Nye camps. While Rigell has been willing to debate, Nye’s response so far has been to deny any debate unless certain conditions are met.

Given that Nye is the incumbent, it reflects poorly on him to refuse to debate, no matter the spin involved. If events like this breakfast continue over the summer, the 2nd District will be more easily won then we imagined.

  • James "turbo" Cohen

    You are welcome DJ 🙂
    Golden guys were in attendance.. Lets form a coalition of independent and republican conservatives to attend the next DPVB. I dare ya Rigell supporters lol.

    In all fairness, Nye was intimidated by the presence of friends of Commodore Kenny Golden Ret. The RPVB will not likely make this same mistake.

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  • Amanda L. Armstrong

    DJ Spiker,

    You may remember me as an attendee of the Bearing Drift debate this past spring, which allowed for the expression of all Republican candidates in the 2nd district primary except for Scott Rigell.

    I cannot comment on the incident with Susan Mariner, but as the President of the Old Dominion Young Democrats, I must make it known that no decision has been made about the proposed Old Dominion University debate between candidates for the 2nd district Congressional seat. Congressman Nye has in fact not denied or refused the debate, and to my knowledge, nor has Rigell publicly stated his openness to it. No invitation has been formally sent to any candidate, as every aspect of the debate is still in its planning stages.

    The ODU Young Democrats and ODU College Republicans have been working together to ensure a successful outcome. However, nothing has been finalized and all of this is very much a behind-the-scenes operation, which may explain your interpretation of the lack of conversation about the subject.

    BUT In the interest of transparency, I will say that the only persons with enough information to actually speak on this topic are myself, ODU Young Democrats Vice President Connor Clarke, College Republicans Chair Chris D’Ambra, College Republicans representative Tyler Spires, and the respective campaigns of each candidate.

    I would also like to point out that Independent candidate Kenny Golden has made a statement that those from Scott Rigell’s camp would prefer him not to be a part of a debate. “The mouthpiece for the Rigell campaign has said they won’t debate me unless we pay for a poll that shows I am getting 15% of the vote. I will tell you why he won’t show up at a debate where I am; because if he shows up he loses.”(http://www.altdaily.com/features/news/news-profiles/an-interview-with-congressional-candidate-kenny-golden.html)

    The ODU Young Democrats and ODU College Republicans will continue to work toward this debate. We feel that it is important to involve ODU students in the Democratic process, and it is important to organize an outlet for candidates to answer questions in front of 2nd district constituents.

    Feel free to contact me or the Glenn Nye campaign office at (757) 273-7217 before publishing any further information.

    Amanda L. Armstrong
    ODU Young Democrats President
    540.905.9581

  • “You may remember me as an attendee of the Bearing Drift debate this past spring, which allowed for the expression of all Republican candidates in the 2nd district primary except for Scott Rigell.”

    Amanda – thanks for your comment but I take exception to your implication that Scott Rigell was somehow excluded from the ODU debate. On the contrary – the Rigell campaign expressed great interest, initially, in participating, but found later that attending another event was better for the campaign.

  • kingsmoothie

    How did Nye get elected? Didn’t he have to speak to some people who disagreed with him and be recorded by the press? His response doesn’t make much sense to me.

  • Amanda L. Armstrong

    re: JR Hoeft, “Amanda – thanks for your comment but I take exception to your implication that Scott Rigell was somehow excluded from the ODU debate. On the contrary – the Rigell campaign expressed great interest, initially, in participating, but found later that attending another event was better for the campaign.”

    I didn’t say he was excluded. I literally said that the debate allowed for the expression of all Republican candidates except for him. In other words, I said he wasn’t there. I know very well that he was invited and chose not to be there.

  • Tim J

    The Urban League had much better food and conversation than the debate had.

  • James “turbo” Cohen

    Scott Rigell and I had a semi private brief but respectful meeting at Freedomfest and he stated that he will attend the debates with Nye and Golden and welcomes the debate. You have Glenn Nye’s number and I am sure you have Scott Rigells number so here is Kenny Goldens number 757 581-7499

    The ball is now in your court Amanda.

  • Amanda L. Armstrong

    re: James “turbo” Cohen

    That’s great news! And thank you for Mr. Golden’s contact information!

    But as I said before, the ball is not solely in my court. There are currently three other students working on this project. We will continue to work to see the debate come to fruition!

  • James "turbo" Cohen

    Amanda, Old Dominion University would be a great venue for a civil debate among all of the candidates. This is a good opportunity for the political clubs on campus to enable students with future aspirations to serve the commonwealth a chance to network with the three people in the race for Virginia’s second congressional district. This is also a great opportunity for each of the candidates to be get some practice for this fall and discuss their positions on the legislative issues that affect students be they student loan, abortion, transportation, energy independence, marraige law, first time home buying, driving while (s/t)exting, discrimination, global climate concerns and more.

    All three candidates as you may know are friends who respect each others candidacy but the staff members of each candidate know they have a job to do and to do it well means getting the word out about their candidate. Most importantly though it is up to the individual voter to get the facts for themselves and be informed about the issues of each candidate from the candidates, without media or opposing campaign bias.

    I thank you and your friends in advance for consulting with all three candidates and making suitable preparations for a well balanced, organized and fair debate.

    Regards, James
    Friend of Kenny Golden
    757-620-5536

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