Marlin went missing. He was to appear by phone on the Gary Snyder show but failed to do so. His appearance was touted on the blogs and on the Gary Snyder show line up; however, Mr. Stutzman simply was no where to be found. After a few minutes, the two hosts started chatting about “dead air” space. And, as time drug on, they began tossing out invitations to various and sundry politicians to call in. One of those invited to call in was Dr. Tom Hayhurst, the Democratic candidate for the Third District Congressional seat.
Dr. Hayhurst was listening, and opportunity knocked. He responded to the invite and was provided with about 10 minutes of air time in which to express his opinions and answer questions from the hosts. I can’t say I am surprised by Stutzman’s failure to appear (of course there could have been an emergency – in which case he would surely have called to explain to Mr. Snyder). He seems to be in hiding these days and only attending functions where he is certain to receive strong support.
Perhaps he just wasn’t prepared to answer random questions from the listening audience. Kind of makes you wonder if he is prepared to be our Third District Representative. On the other hand, Dr. Hayhurst was prepared and stepped up to help the hosts out by chatting with them on a number of issues.
As Stutzman did his disappearing act, Dr. Hayhurst accepted the opportunity to again talk to the constituents of the Third District – something he has done on a consistent basis throughout his lengthy career as a Third District resident. And for one overriding reason – he truly cares about this district and what happens to its citizens and residents.