Wow. HT to massmarrier for spotting this very revealing debate between Democrat Suzanne Bump and Republican Mary Connaughton, the major-party candidates for State Auditor. This is an interesting race, and Sunday’s Globe poll suggests that it’s fairly close.
In this debate, though, Connaughton turns in a truly awful performance. It starts out badly enough – she handles the first question poorly, whereas Bump handles it pretty well. But it gets much worse: later, Connaughton gets asked several straight-answer, yes-or-no questions, and she repeatedly refuses to answer, instead regurgitating off-topic talking points. And I do mean repeatedly – she gets asked each question directly about five times, and she just regurgitates. It’s actually embarrassing, and it sure doesn’t make her look like the straight shooter she claims to be. Bump, in contrast, did very well. Watch the whole thing. I don’t know if enough people watch NECN to make this a game-changer, but it should be.