Wilmington, DEL. --- Republican State
Treasurer candidate Ron Poliquin defeated incumbent Jack Markell
in two debates broadcast Tuesday on WDEL and WILM radio stations.
During both debates Markell rebuffed an
offer to sign a pledge to serve a full term, failed to accept any
responsibility for the state's current budget crisis, or explain
his failed e-government initiative. In addition, during the WILM
debate, Markell refused to reveal undisclosed budget discussions
he had with Governor Minner to voters.
"The people of Delaware deserve a State
Treasurer who will be open to voters, not another "yes man"
waiting impatiently for higher office," Poliquin stated shortly
after his victories.
Markell spent most of the debates scrambling
to defend his failed record, often resorting to negative personal
"These debates offered a clear choice for
the voters between a candidate who is dedicated to taxpayers and
one who participates in typical political games," said Poliquin.
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