On Monday, October 23, 2006, voters in Moore County - NC House district 52, were given another opportunity to hear the views of the candidates in that unusual three-way race. The forum was held at Sandhills Community College, sponsored by the Pilot, and Muirfield Broadcasting. It will be shown on our local cable channel many times over the next two weeks. I urge all of you in the viewing area who can pick up "Channel 3" from Southern Pines to watch this one.
Among the high points of the evening - Republican Joe Boylan announced that if elected to the NC House of Representatives in November, he would move quickly to solve the biggest social problem facing Moore County today - gay marriage. Read more about it!
When asked what social issue was the most important, and what he would do about it, Boylan answered, "Family issues." What will he do about "Family issues" (whatever they are)? He will support a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.
In a county where 23% of working adults ages 19 through 64 are without health insurance, Boylan's first knee-jerk response was to pull the "Q" card and point fingers at "non-traditional" families. Even some of the Republicans in the crowd laughed at him.
His Republican opponent Manila "Bud" Shaver (running Unaffiliated) answered the question this way:, "Yes, there are social problems facing Moore County." Thanks, Bud. Didn't realize it.
Gerald Galloway did not hesitate. "Health Care," he said. "2/3 of most hospital's money comes from the government. Most uninsured people are using the emergency room as their health provider - because they have no choice."
It was evident to everyone in the room which candidate was familiar with the needs of the people in the county, who was in touch with the families of the area, and who was just a puppet, spouting talking points.