Andy Vidak is running as a Republican in the open state Senate District 16. You think he would be willing and able to join our show for a discussion about his campaign and debate the other front-runner, democrat Leticia Perez.
Perez was ready, willing and able to join us on the show, and will in the near future. Vidak, through his "general consultant" Tim Orman, refused.
First, Orman said this:
All 5 of the candidates paid their $905.26 to the Secretary of State to be on the ballot and all 5 should have a chance to have their views heard by your listeners. I don't feel comfortable excluding the other three candidates from such a public forum. It doesn't seem fair to exclude them from the conversation. We need to address this issue first before we can clear Andy's schedule.
We told him we'll dictate how our show runs, not him. We asked him if he was available during some certain dates. He said that wouldn't work out. We asked him for other dates he may be available. His response:
I saw that you called, but I'm attempting to juggle more phone calls, emails and texts than Penn and Teller and Cirque Du Soleil on the same stage. Andy's cherry harvest starts next week and that will require a considerable amount of his time. He has to be there at daybreak and in the late afternoon, which means he has some limited time to campaign in between during the day and in the evening and that time is taken up with some of the hundreds of demands made upon candidates for this very important election. He would like nothing more than to take advantage of discussing his views with Bill Manders and his opponent(s), unfortunately I don't see where we can find the time between now and the primary election. The cherry harvest will be over in late May and Andy will have much more time and is more than willing to come on the show then. He is a working farmer and he has to work to put food on the table, unlike his opponent who collects her $119,000 plus of taxpayer money and only has to show up once a week to vote. Thank you again for your consideration and we look forward to Andy being on Bill's show in the future.