The debate between Public Lands Commissioner Doug Sutherland and challenger Peter Goldmark just began here at the Association of Washington Business annual policy summit.
Without Sutherland in the room.
Sutherland apparently had the wrong time marked in his calendar and is somewhere in the vicinity of Mount Vernon, the audience here was told.
(The conference is at the Semiahmoo Resort near Blaine.)
Rather than wait for him to arrive, the group is pressing on. Goldmark is giving his opening statement and will be presented with questions. He’ll get 90 seconds to answer, just like a real debate.
Sutherland, we were told, will join the program as soon as he gets here.
I wonder if this is the same format that will be used in tomorrow’s presidential debate.
UPDATE: It was close, but I’d give the edge in this one to Goldmark.
(Sutherland has yet to arrive, and Goldmark is just making his closing statement.)
UPDATE DEUX: Sutherland eventually arrived, but too late to speak to the AWB audience.