LA MESA -- Campaign season is often referred to as "The Silly Season'' by long time politics experts. We'll let you decide whether the latest news from the Hunter-Lutz competition for U.S. Congress' 52nd seat supports that analysis.
Last week, Democrat Ray Lutz' camp announced a schedule of eight debates, apparently without any involvement by team Hunter.
Hunter, the son and namesake of the long-serving Republican Congressman, has a traditionally Republican district and, probably has not much to gain by debating Lutz. Predictably, Lutz got no agreement to the proposed debate schedule.
So today, Lutz announced he's going to do a bit of Gandhi -- going on a hunger strike until Hunter surfaces.
“Representative Hunter either has no respect for the voters of his district, or else is so terrified of engaging in an honest debate on the issues that he refuses to face his challengers,” Lutz said in a press release. “Until Hunter steps up to the plate, I'll be stepping away from the dinner plate.”
If things play out here the way the experts predict, Lutz will be shy a few votes -- and perhaps a few pounds in November. Still, historians remind us Gandhi did prevail against long odds.
We'll continue to watch votes and count calories as the season continues.