Tomorrow’s debate between 4th District Congress candidates Raj Goyle and Mike Pompeo could become a raucous affair.
Today, Pompeo’s campaign sent out an e-mail message to his supporters urging them to “Please come show your support for Mike Pompeo at the first debate of the general election!
“Please wear your Team Pompeo t-shirt and your “I Like Mike” button … Invite your family and friends and be sure to cheer loudly for Mike!”
On the other side, the Wichita-Hutchinson Labor Federation has scheduled a “Rally for Kansas Jobs” just before and outside the debate venue.
The federation is urging its members to “join your brothers and sisters from organized labor and show your support for our candidate for Congress, Raj Goyle. The first debate between Raj and his outsourcing opponent happens immediately after the rally… Bring your family, friends and signs.”
Labor issues have emerged as a clear difference between Goyle, a Democratic state representative from Wichita, and Pompeo, a Republican national committeeman.
Goyle is campaigning against tax breaks for companies that outsource jobs overseas and has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO. He was loudly cheered by aircraft union workers at a Sept 10 rally in conjunction with Cessna and Hawker Beechcraft contract talks.
Pompeo, former chief executive officer of Thayer Aerospace, has been endorsed by several of the city’s prominent aircraft company executives, including Cessna CEO Jack Pelton and Bill Boisture, CEO of Hawker Beechcraft.
Pompeo blamed Washington for recent layoffs and says the best way to protect jobs is to reduce taxes and regulation on businesses.
“The federal government has created massive uncertainty in the economy by passing a health care bill that will cost more for companies to expand and hire employees,” Pompeo said in a statement. “We need to change the corporate tax structure and create an economic environment that will encourage companies to grow and spend money on capital and a workforce. Instead, companies and small businesses are worried about the next big form of federal regulation that will increase their operating costs.”
The debate is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. North, Wichita.
The labor rally is scheduled to begin an hour before the debate in the Metroplex parking lot, near the southeast corner of 29th Street North and Oliver.