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Candidate skips his own news conference

By · April 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm

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.

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