You can practically feel the disappointment in this story from The Naples Daily News about what may very well be the last congressional candidate forum among Republican David Rivera and Democrat Joe Garcia (and, in this case, Whig Party candidate Craig Porter):
"Collier’s only forum for Florida’s Congressional District 25 race hosted three of the four candidates facing off for the seat on Nov. 2.
However instead of the issues, the fewer than 20 people who attended the event — sponsored by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Eastern Collier Chamber of Commerce at iTech in Immokalee — saw the debate devolve into a back and forth between front-runners Republican David Rivera and Democrat Joe Garcia.
" 'They were definitely more interested in addressing their banter — their bad politics and their nasty politics — instead of answering the questions,” said Golden Gate resident and moderator Kaydee Tuff with Tuff News, Media Consultants. “It showed that they may not have been as informed on the issues here in Collier County or they would have answered more of the questions.'"
And, to add insult to injury, the candidates did not discuss agricultural issues or immigration, two key concerns for the Immokalee community. Ouch.