Cobb asking for explanation from Stefanik for not agreeing to Saranac Lake debate
CANTON — The campaign of Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb of Canton says she wants to know why Republican incumbent Elise Stefanik won’t meet her in Saranac Lake for a debate sponsored by the Adirondack Free Enterprise.
“The voters of Northern New York should not be kept in the dark,” a statement from Cobb’s campaign office said.
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“We believe it is a crucial aspect of the democratic process that the voters be included in a debate about the issues that face their district,” the statement said.
The two, along with Green Party Candidate Lynn Kahn, have agreed to meet for debates at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh Oct. 23, WWNY in Watertown Oct. 30 and Spectrum News in Albany on a date to be announced.
But the Enterprise said in an article in the newspaper Saturday that they had called off a debate they were planning for mid-October in Harrietstown Town Hall, what they were calling “a classic-format debate, like we’ve organized for voters many times in the past,” according to Enterprise Managing Editor Peter Crowley.
The statement from the Cobb campaign said Stefanik’s recalcitrance to appear at an open debate is a continuation of a pattern of avoidance of public events.
“She is no stranger to being inaccessible to her voters,” the statement said. “And she is rejecting calls for transparency and accessibility from her constituents. We demand the Stefanik campaign explain why she continues these attempts to suppress the voices of her constituents.”