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October 7, 2008
Where was the debate fashion police?

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HECTOR AMEZCUA/hamezcua@sacbee.com

First of all, I appreciate the importance of last night's mayoral debate at Sac State featuring Mayor Heather Fargo and Kevin Johnson (pictured).

They touched on some concerns hanging over our local heads. However, beyond the political issues (which are important, yes) and the snipping and sniping between the two candidates, it looked like many in the audience had been cramming for a test, snoozed and grabbed some clothes off the floor before heading to the debate.

And, as much as I appreciate debate moderators, last night's crew also dressed more like college students than television/radio personalities.

Sorry, but I will be shocked if Tom Brokaw shows up on tonight's presidential debate wearing a Tommy Bahama shirt!

KCRA 3's Kevin Riggs, who was covering the debate from the sidelines, was appropriately attired in a jacket and tie.

The students can be excused for opting for "Monday Casual," and those students asking questions looked pulled together. But I was hoping for more from Channel 3's Walt Gray and Jeffrey Callison of Capital Public Radio. Gray in particular had a total "Out of Africa" look.

And, because they're public figures putting themselves before the public, I feel comfortable addressing the two candidates. They were stark contrasts in fashion. Fargo's choice of a bright green blouse (with some sort of ruffle) was a tough color for the debate's dark set. Too "Golden Girls" for me. As for Johnson, I would have preferred the traditional political red/political blue tie rather than pink with polka dots, but kudos for the dark suit.

It's all minor, considering what's happening with the economy, crime, transportation, et al, but looking professional - when it counts most - does matter.

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