UPDATE: GRCC Tanks Debate Video to Help Leonard Lance

Remember the Larsen-Lance Debate that took place on May 28 – the one sponsored by the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce in which Reagan Conservative David Larsen trounced incumbent Establishment Hack Leonard Lance? The proceedings were recorded by the GRCC and the video of the debate was posted on YouTube.


The next day we published an article about the debate that contained a link to the video. Just one problem: if you try to connect to the video today, here is what you’ll see:



That’s right…the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce removed the video but offered no explanation for the deletion. Curiously, they did not scrub the calendar entry for the event from their website:



We know this much: there was a debate between David Larsen and Leonard Lance that was sponsored in part by the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce – an ostensibly neutral organization. While we know the debate was recorded on video and posted on a YouTube channel accessible to the general public, we don’t know with any certainty why the GRCC would suddenly withdraw the video without an explanation just two days after it was posted.


Then again, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to make an educated guess: when we viewed the video for the first time after it was posted, we noticed that David Larsen’s entire opening statement was edited out – very likely because of the enthusiastic applause he received. The Larsen campaign pointed out the deletion in the comment section of the video and admonished the GRCC for the disservice it was doing to the voters. Shortly thereafter, the entire video was removed.


Fortunately, Larsen campaign chairman King Penna had the foresight to set up his own video camera to record the debate. In light of the fact that the Chambers of Commerce generally support Establishment Republicans and formally endorsed Leonard Lance, Penna suspected that the GRCC was colluding with the Lance campaign and notes that if you paid close attention to Lance, he would respond to every question by immediately looking down at and reading from the functional equivalent of a script. It certainly appears that “moderator” Jim Coyle provided Leonard Lance with a copy of the questions and an opportunity to fashion a detailed response to each one well before the day of the debate.


Nevertheless, in spite of all that assistance, Lance still managed to get shellacked by a truly conservative candidate with deeply held principles and core convictions that no script could ever reproduce.


Nevertheless, in spite of all that assistance, Lance still managed to get shellacked by a truly conservative candidate with deeply held principles and core convictions that no script could ever reproduce.