Rockwall voters deserve a debate between Rep. Ralph Hall and John Ratcliffe
Dallas Morning New:
11:56 am on March 12, 2014
John Ratcliffe has been trying his best to get 30-plus year incumbent Rep. Ralph Hall to campaign to keep his seat.
Maybe Hall doesn’t need to. Maybe voters in the northeast Texas district are content to send Hall back yet again without hearing and seeing the two candidates paired off in a debate.
That would be too bad. Ratcliffe, a former U.S. Attorney and former Heath mayor, has been running hard to replace the 17-term incumbent.
Voters talk a lot about fresh ideas and fresh perspectives in Washington. But voters also show time and again that they are creatures of habit. So longtime incumbents like Hall, who at 90 is the oldest member of Congress, return again and again to the Capitol.
Hall’s spokesman told our Nick Swartsell that the representative is “more than willing to engage in candidate forums.” It’s just that he seems to be too busy.
Ratcliffe has some work to do to catch up to Hall. And Hall isn’t risking much by not engaging his competitor.
But Rockwall voters should take note of that. It should be work to hold onto to a seat in Congress.