For Immediate Release
October 18, 2016
Sensenbrenner Dodges Debate
Today marks six weeks since thirty-eight-year incumbent Jim Sensenbrenner was challenged to a series of debates by Khary Penebaker, his Democratic opponent. The challenge was delivered by certified mail via the US Post Office and announced online.
No response has been received from Jim Sensenbrenner by email, telephone message, text, mailed letter, social media post or any other known form of communication. Mr. Penebaker did not ascribe any specific motive to the failure to respond, but noted that there is “a long Congressional tradition of laziness” and “a new Congressional fad of ignorance.” Khary Penebaker also refused the possibility that his opponent was trying to distance himself from other Republican candidates. “The Congressman has already shown that he is not afraid to defend Donald Trump’s values.
“The people of Southeastern Wisconsin deserve honesty and hard work from their Congressman, even if he is a nineteen-term incumbent. Congressman Sensenbrenner’s refusal to defend his political values in debate insults citizens who have voted for him for decades, abandons the people who are concerned at the sudden transformation of the National Republican Party, and sets a poor example for students everywhere,” said the Democratic nominee for the US House of Representatives for Wisconsin’s 5th District.
Khary Penebaker believes that voters deserve to know how their next Representative will stand on the issues that affect them such as:
- Creating good paying jobs for veterans
- Mental health care
- Domestic violence reduction
- College affordability
- Student loan interest rate controls
- Ensuring opportunities for new four-year and technical college graduates
- Maintaining safer communities
- Common sense gun reform
- Tax incentives for businesses to grow and expand
- Healthcare and the Affordable Care Act
- National security spending
- Homeland security spending
- Drinking water quality
- Preserving parklands for future generations
- Child health and wellness programs
- Quality funding for high performing schools
- Standards for academics and student learning
- Technology improvements in the classroom
- Women’s health and wellness
- Protecting Social Security
- Affordable prescription drugs for seniors
- Tax relief for middle class taxpayers
- Investing in roads, bridges and highway infrastructure projects
- Enhanced university research and development funding
- Improving response times to public concerns
Democracy is not served when our elected officials hide their views from the public.