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“Hunger Strike” Debate to Air on TV

Ray Lutz for Congress 2010

Media Contact: Christine Cullinan

619-447-3246 / [email protected]


“Hunger Strike” Debate to Air on TV

Where: Cox Cable Channel 23 (Channel 18 in North County)

When : 9 p.m., Monday, October 25, 2010

Also available at:…

Produced by Citizens’ Oversight Projects (COPS)

San Diego County, Calif. (Oct 22, 2010) –  The “Hunger Strike Debate” can be seen in the San Diego County area on Cox cable television, channel 23 (channel 18 in north areas of the county) at 9:00 pm on Monday, October 25, 2010. The debate features Michael Benoit (L), incumbent Duncan D. Hunter (R), and Ray Lutz (D). The show is presented on the Public Access Channel and produced by Citizens’ Oversight Projects.

The debate was sponsored by the East County Chamber of Commerce and held at the Cuyamaca College on October 15, 2010. Steve Hamann, Editor of The East County Herald moderated.

Lutz and Benoit conducted an eleven-day hunger strike to coerce reluctant Hunter to agree to a debate. The hunger strike garnered national attention including articles in Politico, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, the L.A. Times, The Atlantic and numerous other regional publications, and proved to be too much to withstand any further display of reluctance by the Hunter campaign.

Approximately 200 people attended the debate and the video is about 82 minutes in length.

Michael Benoit and Ray Lutz conducted a series of debates in other areas of the county, including Alpine, Poway, Lakeside, and Kearny Mesa, but Hunter declined to appear at those events. Videos of other debates are also available at…  



Where: Cuyamaca College Communication Arts Theatre, Room B-117

Rancho San Diego; 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy

When : 7p.m. – 9p.m., Saturday, October 15

Ray Lutz for Congress 2010

Media Contact: Brennan Purtzer, Media Director

619-447-3246 / [email protected]


San Diego County, Calif. (Oct 2, 2010) –

Congressman Duncan Duane Hunter has said he will finally step up to

debate his eager general election opponents on October 15, at a East

County Chamber of Commerce debate. The congressman refused to debate

his opponents until Democratic Candidate Raymond Lutz and Libertarian

Candidate Michael Benoit staged an 11-day “Hunger Strike for Democracy

back in August.”

On the morning of August 19, just hours after Lutz appeared on CNN to

discuss the hunger strike, a representative from Congressman Hunter’s

campaign hand delivered a debate acceptance notice to the Lutz office.

Though Lutz ended his hunger strike, which garnered him national

attention and a forthcoming article in The Nation magazine, his

“insurgent” campaign tactics have persisted. He has led marches,

protest and demonstrations, and founded a non-partisan national

organization, Debate For Democracy, to advocate for congressional

debates in every district.

And despite the lack of cooperation from the Hunter campaign, Lutz and

Benoit have continued their campaign to reach out to voters across the

expansive 52nd congressional district. They have already held debates

(inviting Congressman Hunter to each of them) in the communities of

Alpine, Ramona and Lakeside/Santee. They have upcoming debates

scheduled for Poway, Clairemont Mesa and Borrego Springs, though the

congressman has not confirmed attendance for any of these events.

“Hunter’s reluctance to debate represents a disturbing trend,” Ray

Lutz said. Earlier this month, Republican Congressman Darrell Issa

(CA-49) backed out of a commitment he made earlier this summer to

debate his Democratic Challenger Howard Katz.

However, not all debate trends are negative. While Hunter has made it

clear that he is not interested in allowing the voters of his district

to pose questions about his record and ideas, Republican

Representative Brian Bilbray (CA-51) has gone out of his way to

request more debates from his counterpart, Democratic Challenger

Francine Busby.

The October 15 debate, which will be moderated by a television anchor

and broadcast locally, is expected to be well attended. Audience

members will be encouraged to ask challenging questions, especially

with recent allegations of immorality in light of the Boehner Sex

scandal and controversial earmark requests.

Where: Cuyamaca College Communication Arts Theatre, Room B-117

Rancho San Diego; 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy

When : 7p.m. – 9p.m., Saturday, October 15


For media inquiries, contact Brennan Purtzer, media coordinator, at 619.447.3246



Ray Lutz for Congress 2010

Media Contact: Brennan Purtzer, Media Director

619-447-3246 / [email protected]

Hundreds of Residents and Concerned Ratepayers Uniting against the Project

Will petition State Attorney General Jerry Brown to investigate lobbying irregularities and President Obama to restore the PACE program.

Where: Lindo Lake Park, 12660 Lindo Lane, Lakeside – Area #3.

When:  Saturday, September 25. 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Gather; 10 a.m. – Rally;

           11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – March; 1:30p.m. to 3p.m. – Congressional Debate

            Attendees should bring chairs, protest signs and potluck food items.

San Diego County, Calif. (Sept 24, 2010) – Two new speakers, and two new sponsors have confirmed participation at Saturday’s march and rally in Lakeside against the Sunrise Powerlink. Former City Attorney Mike Aguirre confirmed on Thursday that he and his law office would be speaking, and local environmental design expert Jim Bell will also join Congressional Candidate Ray Lutz to address those gathered in attendance. The Sierra Club also confirmed their participation, and Sullivan Solar Power has taken on a sponsorship role at the event.

Congressional Candidate Ray Lutz, who last month fasted 11 days to force a debate with Rep. Duncan Duane Hunter, will lead the march and rally through the town of Lakeside on Sept. 25. A congressional debate between candidates for the 52nd Congressional district will follow the march, taking place at Lindo Lake Park. The debate will be moderated by East County Magazine. All candidates have been invited to participate.

The march will include members of a 70,000-strong coalition that has vocally opposed the Sunrise Powerlink project as dangerous and unnecessary. The group will march around the proximity of the park, and through downtown Lakeside, a community to be heavily impacted by the Sunrise Powerlink project.

Additional confirmed speakers include 2003 Cedar Fire hero and advocate Rudy Reyes and Border Power Plant Working Group Co-Chair Bill Powers.

Some say the Sunrise Powerlink is a “done deal” but organizers of the event point to two ongoing lawsuits and involvement by Attorney General Jerry Brown, who has been asked by County Supervisor Diane Jacob to investigate and block the project due to illegal lobbying activities by utility executive Dan Skopec, who had been a CPUC official only ten months prior to his lobbying activities. As a result of his influence, the CPUC reversed the recommendation of the administrative law judge in the case, and to the surprise and dismay of many, approved the project without any requirement that energy from renewable sources be placed on the Powerlink. Attendees will be asked to sign petitions to be delivered to the Attorney General’s office requesting that he take action to start the investigation and require that the CPUC reconsider their ruling on the Powerlink, and deny it.

Also, attendees of Saturday’s event will be asked to sign petitions directed at President Obama requesting that he override the actions of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac that recently halted the PACE (Property Assessment Clean Energy) program. The PACE program permits homeowners to install solar energy systems and allocate the liability in the form of property tax assessments over an extended period of time, allowing those homeowners to sell their property and transfer the liability to new owners. Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Oakland saying that the programs were mischaracterized as “loans” instead of “assessments.” He met with other county officials, including County Supervisor Diane Jacob, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, San Diego City Council Member Marti Emerald, Assemblymember Marty Block, and many others in early August. Reactivation of the PACE program would effectively kill any rationale for the Sunrise Powerlink project and would allow work on thousands of solar energy projects to proceed.

Other invitees to Saturday’s event include Rep. Duncan Duane Hunter, County Supervisor Diane Jacob, Assemblymember Marty Block, Assemblymember Joel Anderson, Diane Conklin, Donna Tisdale, Denis Trafecante, Laura Cyphert, Steve Volker, Michael Shames, Paul Clay, Mark Hanson, Brian Jones, Janet Enright, and Milt Cyphert.

The event is being sponsored by the East County Community Action Coalition, Citizens Oversight Projects (COPs), and Sullivan Solar Power. Organizers said this will likely be the first of an annual event promoting alternative energy sources, and includes a number of exhibitors.


“Powerlink booster may have powered up too soon – Official was lobbying within 10 months of leaving the state”…

“Way too cozy!” Private meetings between SDG&E officials, and state public utility commissioners.…

Letter from Diane Jacob to Attorney General Jerry Brown:…

Attorney General Jerry Brown fights for PACE energy efficiency program:…