Part of Michael Arcuri's campaign web site is a discussion forum, which I encourage everyone out there to visit and participate in. You should know, however, that it's a moderated forum, which means that the administrator of the web site takes the prerogative of deleting messages or discussions that the campaign deems to be inappropriate.
I've been popping over the the Arcuri for Congress discussion board every now and then, and I've seen two messages being moderated over there. One message was just a snarky kind of attack question, which I can't remember specifically, but it was something on the order of "Can a big loser like Mike Arcuri hope to win?" The other deleted comment was more substantial, and significant to the Democratic primary contest.
The second deleted question was: Where does Arcuri stand on abortion? I'd like to know why the Arcuri campaign deleted that question from Michael Arcuri's discussion board.
Right now, the abortion issue is of great importance. South Dakota has banned abortion, setting up an attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade that will probably succeed, given the new makeup of the Supreme Court. That will turn the matter over to Congress, which will have to decide whether to pass a law ensuring that abortion remains legal across America. Given this context, we Democrats really ought to know where Michael Arcuri stands on the issue.
I'm not against a campaign moderating a discussion board. Frankly, it would be stupid not to. I moderate the comments on this blog, looking at each one before approving it. That allows me to screen out off-topic comments and spam messages from people just looking for a place to sell their particular forms of snake oil. However, I don't delete comments just because I disagree with them, or because they criticize my blog writing. I'm sure there's lots to criticize when it comes to what I write.
It is commendable that Arcuri's campaign has a discussion board at all. A discussion board gives voters the chance to have a prolonged open forum with a candidate's campaign. The Les Roberts campaign web site does not have such a forum, and it needs to add one soon if it wants visitors to keep coming back.
When it comes to a candidate's discussion board, however, we can learn a great deal by watching what that candidate's campaign allows to be said, and what they don't allow to be said. There may be something about the abortion issue that Arcuri doesn't want to touch. Is Arcuri Pro-Choice or Pro-Life?
On the other hand, it may just be that the particular message someone left about abortion had inappropriate content for a public campaign web site. There's one way to find out. I'm going to leave a new message on the Arcuri campaign discussion board, asking the question in plain, decent language: Where does Michael Arcuri stand on abortion?