Monday, June 19, 2006

Better than NBA play-offs: David McSweeney on TV

David McSweeney[8th CD Republican Nominee]:...Melissa Bean has taken four stands on immigration. She is for an enforcement bill. She voted to kill it. She voted against an effort to reduce the penalties in the bill from a felony to a misdemeanor. And, recently, she came out in favor of amnesty for people who are in this country illegally. I oppose that.
Tonight, the city of Chicago edition of “Public Affairs,” features 8th Cong. Dist. Republican Nominee David McSweeney [Barrington Hills]. The show airs throughout the City of Chicago on Cable Ch. 21 at 8:30 pm. And, later this week, you can watch the show on the "Public Affairs," podcast page on your computer [See here]. For more about our show with McSweeney, including a partial transcript, go here.
Another partial transcript of the show is included, below.
Jeff Berkowitz: Mr. McSweeney has been giving us almost quarterly reports. During the primary, he was on our show five times. We want to thank you for coming on. This is your second time, now, [since] running in the general election. Congresswoman Bean [D-Barrington, 8th CD] came on in August of 2004 when she was running against [then Congressman] Phil Crane [R]. We appreciate that. And, she came on in January of this year. And, we hope to see more of her on this show. We’ve invited her certainly both in her individual capacity and also to debate and discuss the issues with Dave McSweeney. And, you’re amenable to that?

David McSweeney: Absolutely, it is very important. The reason I am here today is because I think that the people of this district deserve to know where I stand on the issues [and] they deserve to know where Melissa Bean stands on the issues. She’s taken multiple stands on the issues. And, she is using her taxpayer advantage through her staff, through her automated calls through the mailings [from her congressional office] to run her campaign as opposed to coming out and discussing these issues. I’ve challenged her to twenty-four debates, one in each of the townships in the Eighth Cong. district and she has not responded. She has to come out and explain why she has taken multiple positions on the issues, why she supports [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi, the radical liberal from California, as Speaker of the House and she needs to come out and discuss the issues that are so important to people here in the district. Gas prices, immigration, taxes, spending in Washington. I’ve always willing to discuss those issues and Melissa Bean has got to stop hiding. She ran against [Congressman] Phil Crane in 2004 and said he was “out of touch.” Melissa Bean is out of touch. She doesn’t live in the district at this point. She still lives in [Cong.] Mark Kirk’s district [the tenth, which covers the north and northeast Cook County suburbs and east Lake County suburbs].

Jeff Berkowitz: She has said that there is plenty of time to do debates and that she’s focusing on the people’s business in her district. She’s said they’re basically scheduling five day a week sessions in Congress now, and so she needs the weekends to meet with her constituents and meet with people in her district. She’s telling us come August, when the scheduled recess-- then we’re anticipating she’ll be coming on the show and meeting with you. Is that good enough?

David McSweeney: Anybody can go to the United States House of Representatives web site and look at the congressional calendar. Congress has met the least amount of times this session than it has since 1948. There’s plenty of time. Look at the schedule. Saturdays, Sundays, most Mondays are available, the whole month of August. A good part of September and most of the month of October. She could be here today. We’re sitting and taping this show on a Sunday afternoon. There’s no reason Melissa Bean cannot be discussing issues [here] with people in this district.

Jeff Berkowitz: Now, if it were flipped. If you won this election and you were running in 2008 and you had a Democratic opponent who was challenging you to twenty four debates in twenty four townships, are you taking a pledge that you would do that? Twenty four debates in twenty four townships.

David McSweeney: Absolutely, I’m not a hypocrite.

Jeff Berkowitz: You would do that in 2008?

David McSweeney: Absolutely, I think it’s important that the people of this district find out where I stand and where Melissa Bean stands on these important issues. She cannot rely on taxpayer dollars to fund her campaign, or rely on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, [Congressman] Rahm Emanuel and his attack machine. She needs to come forward and defend her record. She needs to tell people where she stands. I have been very clear about that for over a year.

Jeff Berkowitz: …I think most people characterize her, or many do, as a moderate Democrat, and I think you characterize yourself as an independent Republican, right?

David McSweeney: I am an independent conservative [Republican]. Melissa Bean has voted with the liberals in Congress eighty three percent of the time. She’s taken a few stands where she votes with Republicans. For example, on immigration reform, she voted to kill the bill a few minutes before. Melissa Bean has taken four stands on immigration. She is for an enforcement bill. She voted to kill it. She voted against an effort to reduce the penalties in the bill from a felony to a misdemeanor. And, recently, she came out in favor of amnesty for people who are in this country illegally. I oppose that.
Public Affairs, with 8th Cong. Dist. Republican nominee David McSweeney [Barrington Hills], was recorded on June 4, 2006 and is airing on the City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs tonight, June 19 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21. . The show with 8th CD Republican Nominee David McSweeney [Barrington Hills] will also be available, by this weekend, as a video podcast at the Public Affairs Cinema Complex, along with more than twenty other shows, which are also airing there. [See here].
Transcript draft prepared by Amy Allen, who also does research for “Public Affairs,” and has her own political blog [See here].
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at