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Congressman must answer tough questions on cozy connections to lobbyists, tobacco industry and a racist hate group; Busby must overcome past losses to woo voters

By Miriam Raftery

October 17, 2010 (San Diego) – Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-San Diego) will debate Democratic challenger Francine Busby in the hotly contested 50th Congressional District. The debate is set for Monday, October 18th at Del Norte High School’s Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. The debate will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by audience questions from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.


This will be the only live debate between the two major party candidates. Other candidates have also been invited to participate. Del Norte High School is located at 16601 Night Hawk Lane, San Diego in the 4S community, 92127.

The event is sponsored by the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce, with North County Times Editor Kent Davy as moderator.

The Union Tribune in a recent editorial (September 9, 2010) refused to endorse Bilbray’s candidacy for reelection because “he has not lived up to his word” and “refuses to answer questions about his actions.” Those actions include allegations that he founded a Congressional cigar club to provide access to legislators for tobacco industry lobbyists ,as well as serving as a lobbyists and on the board of advisors for Federation if American Immigration Reform (FAIR), an organization that has been identified as a racist hate group by the Southern Poverty & Law Center, as ECM news partner 10 News reported . In addition, the Union Tribune has stated that Bilbray has shown “contempt for the media” and “contempt for the residents of the 50th Congressional District.”

Busby has served as president of the Cardiff School Board , started several small businesses, and previously ran for Congress, defeated by Bilbray in a narrow margin.


For more on Busby's candidacy, see: .

For more on Bilbray’s candidacy, see:

For Bilbray's voting record, see:





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