Except. . .
There were written audience questions - read by moderator Channel 2 newsman Jason Lamb - directed at specific candidates. Adam Trombley was asked who his political heroes of the last 20 years were. He quickly said, "Dan Quail." That appeared to be a joke because he asked how much time he had - about 15 or 20 seconds - and he finally said, "Dick Cheney."
Yes, he said Cheney was his hero. Cheney helped get us into Iraq on false claims of WMD's. He was part of the group that outed a CIA agent to get revenge on her husband, and helped get his aide, Scooter Libby, out of his prison sentence after he was convicted. Torturing prisoners gave him no qualms. The list goes on and on. Here's a link to a Boston Globe article that looks at Cheney in the 1970s. I realize there are conservatives who would strongly disagree with this characterization, but I'm confident that Cheney will not be a hero in the history books. That's how I see it. So I thought I should check with Trombley.
Afterward I asked Trombley if he was serious or not. He wouldn't give me a straight answer. I don't know what that means. He's a candidate for a local office. He said his hero is Dick Cheney, and when asked about it afterward, he refuses to answer. Watch his response and judge for yourself. Do we want Assembly people who refuse to answer serious questions that get to their values?
[UPDATE April 4: If you want to judge for yourself if he was joking, his original response to the question is here.]
He is supported by the Mayor Sullivan. From a poster on Trombley's website:
Adam is the BEST Conservative choice for East Anchorage Assembly. Please join me in supporting Adam Trombley. - Dan Sullivan
Just in case you aren't aware that we vote next Tuesday, here is a list of the candidates, including who was and wasn't at the forum at UAA.