University of the Pacific political science professor Keith Smith gives his take on Monday nights forum between Ricky Gill and Jerry McNerney on the political science department’s blog.
Smith laid out how effective each candidate was at meeting challenges and goals. Smith writes:
On these grounds, Gill did a better job last night than McNerney did. Gill was aggressive, always on the attack, quick to point out the ways in which McNerney was not connected to the Valley and he was. Basically every time he spoke, Gill had something bad to say about McNerney.
McNerney, on the other hand, was less effective in calling into question Gill’s experience and gravitas. Gill certainly didn’t make it easy for him given the way he comported himself on stage, but when McNerney tried to attack Gill it was largely on policy grounds. Gill was happy to attack on personal and policy grounds. And do it constantly.