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Maloney Balks at Debating Democrat Rival

Monday, August 02, 2010 - 02:12 PM

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Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney declined to accept an invitation from Baruch College to debate her Democratic opponent, Reshma Saujani.

After Saujani e-mailed to say that she accepted the college's invitation, I asked Maloney's campaign spokeswoman if the congresswoman would also.

Here's the response I got:

 Right now, Carolyn is fighting to get our economy back on track. Having secured billions of dollars for the 2nd  Avenue Subway and Eastside Access, creating jobs remains her top priority. As always, Carolyn is focused on talking  directly to voters about their concerns and ideas.

The debate about whether to debate usually favors the challenger, since it’s an easy way to look substantive, and good government groups often cringe at debate-avoidance. But Maloney has a lengthy and notable career in Congress, which she and her campaign are eager to discuss. Usually.

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When a candidate keeps rabbiting on about all these supposed "new ideas" she claims to have, but is unable to describe any of them, except in turn-off-your-hearing-aid soundbytes -- that's not interesting. It's terminally boring. And it has nothing to do with the wornout cliche the commenter calls "vibrant democracy."

Aug. 03 2010 02:20 PM
dilip

she is a sissy. Debates are good for a vibrant demcracy. It looks like she does not belive in democracy. Her campaign is saying the usual Malony baloney trying to help her constituents when she is really working for special interests. Reshma could do more for New York.

Aug. 02 2010 05:16 PM
Megan

I would love to see a debate before this democratic primary! I think they're so interesting!

Aug. 02 2010 04:02 PM

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