Las Vegas, NV – Before last week, the last time Tom DeLay protégé and GOP Senate boss Michael Roberson participated in a debate was in 2010 – six years ago – when he talked about his extreme agenda to demonize immigrants and demand pay cuts for workers. In 2014, Roberson went underground in his re-election bid, “canceling one scheduled TV debate with Democratic opponent Teresa Lowry and declining to schedule others.”
But last week, Roberson decided to give it the ol’ college try and debate the crowded Republican field for CD3 – and he immediately regretted it. First, he had to awkwardly smile and walk away from a reporter’s question about whether he will support Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee (we’re still waiting on an answer). The rowdy audience turned against Roberson when he tried to defend his record as GOP Senate boss. And when Roberson tried to compare himself to Ronald Reagan, the audience loudly responded with “You’re not Ronald Reagan!” Not to mention the event was full of Tark supporters.
Yesterday on Kevin Wall’s talk radio show, Danny Tarkanian went after Roberson directly, saying: “I don’t think he’ll show up to the next debate, I don’t think he will. I don’t think he has answers to the policy issues that we discussed, his voting record and I don’t think he’ll show up but we’ll see.” Listen here.
The next GOP candidate debate for CD3 is on April 26 at 11 a.m., hosted by the Southern Hills Republican Women and moderated by conservative radio host Alan Stock.
So here’s the question: is Michael Roberson too afraid of the GOP base to participate in any more Republican debates?