Debate commission gets unaccustomed attention

By Laurie Bennett

October 17, 2016 at 7:38am

In more conventional election years, service as a presidential debate commissioner is almost as ho-hum as being a CPA counting Oscar ballots.

Not this year.

As ugly as the second matchup was, the third promises to surpass anything in recent political history.

Just minutes before the second debate, Commission on Presidential Debates co-chair Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. confronted Trump campaign officials about their plans to give VIP seats to women who had accused Bill Clinton of unwanted sexual advances.

The plan, according to the Washington Post, was to have the women confront the former president in front of a national audience.

Fahrenkopf, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, threatened to have security escort the women out of the building if the plan went ahead.

Trump’s people backed down, with the candidate later declaring that the commission was “rigged” for Hillary Clinton.

“I have no respect for that group, by the way, I have none,” he said. “It sounds good - presidential commission. Give me a break.”

He complained that Mike McCurry, former press secretary in the Clinton administration, is a commission co-chair. Under ordinary circumstances, this would be counter-balanced by a Republican serving in the second co-chair position. However, Republicans are taking almost as many shots from the Trump camp as the Democrats.

With Trump escalating his the-fix-is-in allegations by the hour, there’s no telling what sort of fireworks might occur Wednesday night.

The above Muckety map shows members of the debate commission, Democrats and Republicans, who may be called in to restore order.

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