Bilbray No Shows -- AGAIN

DATE:  October 25, 2012
CONTACT: MaryAnne Pintar, 619-252-9923,

San Diego – Congressman Brian Bilbray shunned the voters yet again last night when he ducked another candidate forum that had been on the calendar and publicized for weeks. With the arrogant disregard he’s displayed repeatedly during this campaign, he no-showed at a forum before the Ocean Beach Town Council after confirming his attendance weeks prior. Bilbray did send a member of his staff to take video of Scott Peters however. After holding up the meeting awaiting Bilbray’s arrival, event organizers were pleased to give the entire time over to Peters.  

“Mr. Bilbray has shunned requests to debate and defend his record at public forums repeatedly,” said Peters Communications Director MaryAnne Pintar. “Clearly  he is terrified he’ll have to defend his dismal record on women’s rights and his votes to underfund veteran’s healthcare.”

Mr. Bilbray did rent a booth at a community fair last weekend, however, presumably to conduct direct voter outreach. Unfortunately, the event was outside of the newly drawn 52nd Congressional District, a questionable use of the candidate's time and the campaign's resources. 

During a recent interview with KPBS Radio, which Bilbray agreed to in lieu of a debate, he was asked why he wouldn’t debate. His response was, “I have no idea.”

In contrast, the Peters campaign has accepted every debate request. Bilbray has rebuffed include Voice of San Diego’s Politifest, the North County Chamber of Commerce, KPBS Radio, and the Green Experts Academy and Sustainability Alliance of Southern California. Most recently, Bilbray refused to attend the Smart Vote Candidate Forum at the Temple Emanu-El.