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Fiery Moments During First Public Debate Between D.A. Patrick Flaherty and Challenger John Hummel


During opening statements, D.A. Patrick Flaherty pointed out his strengths.

 

"Here are three truths about me.  I'm a prosecutor, not a politican. I'm honest.  What you see is what you get.  And I keep my commitment.  I keep my commitment to my community, to my office and to the constitutional functions of the D.A.'s office."

 

During Hummel's opening statement,  he criticized Flaherty's management style and says it has hurt morale at the D.A.'s office.

 

Hummel says he would bring healing to the office and be a more effective D.A.

 

At times the debate, sponsored by the Bend Chamber of Commerce, was contentious between the candidates.

 

One of the fiery comments occurred when Hummel took issue with Flaherty saying he had not tried any Measure 11 cases.

 

"Well, unfortunately I've joined the non exclusive club of being bullied by Patrick.  I'm disappointed that he didn't do his homework, which gives you some insight into him, and his nasty tone.  He says I haven't tried a Measure 11 case.  That's not ture.  I have.  You know who I feel sorry for, the people in the office and in this community who have had to put up with this for years."

 

Hummel went on to say people in his office are afraid to stand up to him for  fear of losing their jobs.

 

Flaherty defended himself by saying he is very collaborative with co-wokers at the D.A.'s office and with police chiefs and city managers.


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