U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has rejected his Democratic opponent’s call to debate three times over the next month in the 4th Congressional District race.
Last week, Democratic State Sen. Eric Stewart of Belvedere challenged DesJarlais to a trio of debates and asked for a response by today.
DesJarlais emailed Stewart’s campaign Sunday, beating Stewart’s deadline with an unfriendly response.
“While I am open to revisiting the debate question later in the campaign, your lack of clarity on the issues give me no reason for or basis from which we could currently debate,” DesJarlais wrote.
Stewart issued a news release this afternoon, saying he’s “shocked but not surprised” at DesJarlais’ decision.
“Congressman DesJarlais has bragged about being part of the ‘Do Nothing Congress,’ and now it’s clear that he wants to be a ‘Do Nothing Candidate,’” Stewart said.
A DesJarlais spokesman would not confirm whether the congressman would ever debate Stewart before the Nov. 6 general election.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.
Chris Carroll covers federal politics for the Times Free Press. A Chattanooga native, he went to Red Bank High School and graduated with honors from East Tennessee State University. Chris investigated violent crime, municipal government and hospitals before taking the political beat. For tornado coverage, he and Pam Sohn won a first-place Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors deadline reporting award. In 2010, Chris won the Golden Press Card Award of Merit and another deadline reporting ...
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