In order to serve constituents in these perilous times, candidates must have fortitude and backbone. They must be able to stand tall in the face of pressure and trials. They must be able to articulate clearly, their points of view. At a minimum, they must be able to answer straightforward questions about their positions on challenging issues.
The Schilling Show has a reputation for fair and manerly treatment of guests from across the political spectrum. So it is both perplexing and consequential whenever a candidate for public office refuses to appear on the program, with flimsy or absent excuse.
To wit, The Schilling Show has issued multiple invitations (verbal, email, telephone) to the following politicians, status described below:
Name/Affiliation Office Sought Contacts Status Results Image
Mike Baird (D) Charlottesville Sheriff multiple email did not respond Lost Connie Brennan (D) Nelson Co. Supervisor multiple email no response ? Madison Cummings (D) Albemarle Co. Supervisor multiple email phone call, then nothing ? Cynthia Neff (D) Delegate, 58th District "too busy" right now ? Steve Shannon (D) Virginia Attorney General email, multiple phone did not return calls ?
To those who have refused, currently, the door is still open. We will make air time for you at your convenience.
But wavering, mendacious jellyfish continue to ignore The Schilling Show at their own peril. Remember Mike Baird, who was politely invited as a Schilling Show guest on multiple occasions but refused to acknowledge the invitation, referencing it only indirectly in the following constituent email exchange:
—– Original Message —–
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 5:04:45 PM GMT -05:00 Colombia
Subject: Appearances on the radio
Dear Captain Baird,
Why do you not wish to appear on “The Schilling Show” on WINA-AM +and introduce yourself to this audience?
Sincerely yours, ++++(name withheld)
In a message dated 4/26/2009 9:01:36 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Thank you for your inquiry.+ I do not wish to use Mr. Shilling’s (sic) show as a means to get my message out to the public at this time.+ I would be willing to+answer any questions+you have about the job.+ You can call me at 970-xxxx Mon-Fri.+ Leave a message if I am not in and I will call you back.+ Thanks again for your interest.
Sincerely, Mike Baird