Candidate skips his own news conference

In the US Senate race for the Republican nomination, Don Bates Jr. has fought to get his voice heard.

In the US Senate race for the Republican nomination, Don Bates Jr. has fought to get his voice heard.

“I am not a politician. I believe I have the greatest grasp of the fiscal disaster that’s facing our nation and how we have to fix it if our nation is to be preserved,” he said during a debate with other candidates this week.

So when the campaign sent out a news release saying Bates would reveal a major campaign announcement at a statewide news conference at the Indiana Statehouse at 10:30 Friday morning, Eyewitness News showed up – which is more than the candidate did. Our camera waited until 10:56 and Bates was a no show and there was no explanation.

After a phone call to the campaign, a second news release was received at 11:30 am saying the candidate was sick with the flu and couldn’t make it.