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Only Big-Party Candidates in Debate?

October 20, 1988

Your article "Debates Unlikely in 5 Area Contests" (Oct. 13) shows that:

1. The League of Women Voters is bipartisan and not nonpartisan as it claims.

2. Incumbents are afraid to defend their records to their constituents.

Both of these issues interest me as the Libertarian Party challenger to Rep. Carlos Moorhead (R-Glendale). First of all, the League of Women Voters did not invite me to participate in their proposed debate, and probably did not invite Peace & Freedom Party candidate Shirley Isaacson either. I assume they invited only Moorhead and Democrat John Simmons. This shows that the League doesn't take care to see that all sides are heard and all candidates are presented to the voters.

Secondly, Rep. Moorhead has a history of avoiding his opponents. In 1984 he ran out the back door of his office rather than debate Libertarian candidate Michael Yauch. This year voters in the 22nd District are losing the opportunity to hear four different points of view due to Moorhead's stubbornness.

I hope that the voters of the 22nd District will closely examine their choices when they vote Nov. 8 and decide that they need a bold, new congressman who will vigorously fight big government.

TED BROWN

Pasadena

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