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Steve S. Choi
Il Hwan Kim
Sang Joo Kim
|Director for Systems Management
Deputy Director for Voter Registration
Director for Outreach
|Tae Shik Kwon
Jae Jin Ma
Choon Ki Yoo
Ae Sook Yoon
Il Joong Yoon
|Director for Community Relations
Deputy Director for Outreach
Director for Ageing & Elder Care
Director for Voter Registration
Main Line Life, 110 Ardmore Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003, via fax to 610-896-9560
"Candidate says she seeks debate"(Main Line Life, 11/2/2000)
The referenced piece, authored by Lynne Lechter, republican candidate for Pennsylvania House of Representatives 149th Legislative District, has been brought to my attention, and I find statements to be false, untrue and slanderous.
The fact of the matter is that I advised her in the morning of September 28, 2000, responding to her request for a one-on-one debate, to come up in a timely manner with a reasonable venue in her district so that a satellite debate could be arranged. She never got back to me. Although she uttered that she "would be delighted to participate in any one-on-one debate sponsored by his organization [CAMC]" she never showed up at the October 27th debate in Horsham. Had she appeared she would have had a fair opportunity to debate Connie Williams, her opponent. Williams presented herself before the audience and the Korean voters had an opportunity to scrutinize her on issues. Therefore, her statement that "he failed to respond to that request" is parenthetically false, untrue and thus slanderous. Absent her response to my request of a reasonable venue, her case was a DOA.
Pitifully, Lechter doesn't seem to know what the meaning of debate is in a given situation. The CAMC-sponsored Candidates' Public Debate 2000 was an important platform for the developing Korean-American community. Ergo, your labelling of the occasion to be " ... is not a debate ... an opportunity for sound bites, nothing more", is insulting and prejudiced against our community. We feel injured in dignity. I offer her an opportunity to debate with me in public on "one-on-one", that's her language, on issues of her choice.
Lechter is nothing but one of those republican candidates who were insensitive to the growing needs of the Korean community. Lynne Lechter is disingenuous and poltroonish.
Sang Joo Kim / signed
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