There were 2 examples today of what Conservative candidates can do when confronted with the choice of attending forums hosted by hostile or potentially front groups for other political parties.
1) Rookie Conservative candidate Chris Alexander who decided to attend a poverty forum and you can see what happened to him from the video above.
2) Veteran Conservative candidate Deepak Obhrai who refused to attend a forum (see here). I emailed the reporter Jason Fekete asking him who was organizing this forum and was told it was “Inglewood Community Association”.
Any time I hear “community association”, alarm bells go off and a quick Google search revealed that this group is led by a local politician and activist making this forum look anything but neutral and objective.
Notice that the reporter doesn’t bother including that info in his story and when I asked him why, he replied that it doesn’t concern him who organized it.
Anyway, two ways to deal with these types of forums and when I’m asked to help out with a campaign, I’ll let him/her in on a few other ways I learned over the years.