Monday, November 21, 2005

Better than Monday Night Football: Jim Ascot tackles Davis again

Links added and revisions made on Monday at 2:45 pm

The "Public Affairs," show with Jim Ascot [D-Chicago, 7th CD Primary Candidate] is airing tonight, November 21, through-out the City of Chicago on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV] at 8:30 pm.
[See here, for a summary of the show's topics].
Jim Ascot, taking on Cong. Danny Davis in the Democratic Primary, also debates and discusses the issues with Public Affairs show host and legal recruiter Jeff Berkowitz in the Webcast [video and audio] version of the show, playing now. See here
For a discussion of whether Cong. Davis is acting in a way detrimental to democracy and links to a discussion of his coronation of Rev. Moon as the Messiah, see here and here.
For a partial transcript of the show, see above links and also, see below:
Jeff Berkowitz: What’s his [Cong. Davis'] number one issue? Do you know what his number one issue is?

Jim Ascot [D-Chicago, 7th CD]: His number one issue is, and he said this when he announced that he was running for a sixth term, that he will focus on ex-prisoners. I think that this district is more than ex-convicts. People here work hard, play by the rules, and they need to have a congressman that’s willing to work just as hard for them in Congress, as well as locally.

Jeff Berkowitz: What does he want to do about ex-offenders, ex-cons?

Jim Ascot: The main thrust has been to expunge felony records and that hasn’t been successful. Instead of-

Jeff Berkowitz: Would you favor that-that kind of expungment?

Jim Ascot: I think that’s the wrong place to work from. We need to-

Jeff Berkowitz: What would you do? You want to help those ex-convicts?

Jim Ascot: Absolutely.

Jeff Berkowitz: What would you do differently than Congressman Davis?

Jim Ascot: I would have a lot more programs-programs that would be able to teach skills, training, and get them into jobs. That’s really the most necessary thing. Otherwise, if they-

Jeff Berkowitz: They say they can’t get jobs because they’ve got this record and people won’t hire them. I mean, that’s their point and they are saying that many of these things are not violent crimes. There may be drug abuse and so forth; they haven’t hurt anybody else. Somebody sees a felony conviction on your record; no one wants to hire you. Do you understand?

Jim Ascot: I think if you have-

Jeff Berkowitz: Does Davis have a point?

Jim Ascot: I think that’s the wrong way to approach it.

Jeff Berkowitz: What’s the right way?

Jim Ascot: I think it’s being able to have the right skills and education, and people will hire them.

Jeff Berkowitz: Even with a record?

Jim Ascot: Absolutely. A person can make a mistake, but we can move on from that, as long as that person has the skills and abilities to approach a reasonable job, he will-she should be hired. And, we’ll have to ask our communities to do that.

Jeff Berkowitz: So, you want to help ex-offenders, too, but you wouldn’t necessarily make that your number one issue.

Jim Ascot: Not in the sense of expunging their records.

Jeff Berkowitz: Okay.

Jim Ascot: I think my issue would be to bring in the right skills and the right programs for people to be engaged in having a good job and support their families and support themselves, and that’s what will change it. If we don’t change that dynamic, we’ll continue to have them going back to prison. And, that’s what’s happening now.
Jim Ascot, Democrat Primary candidate in the 7th Cong. Dist., recorded on November 6, 2005, as is airing on the City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs tonight, November 21 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV], and is being webcast now on this site [See here].
Jeff Berkowitz, Host and Producer of Public Affairs and an Executive Recruiter doing Legal Search, can be reached at