Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lamborn stiff-arms Halter on debate invitation

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

click to enlarge Irv Halter, right, meets with voters at a house party on July 19. - COURTESY HALTER CAMPAIGN
  • Courtesy Halter campaign
  • Irv Halter, right, meets with voters at a house party on July 19.

Consistent with past election years, Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Republican, won't respond to invitations from his opponent, Democrat Irv Halter, to debate the issues, according to Halter's campaign.

Lamborn's campaign didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

The Halter news release:
One month after Congressional Challenger Irv Halter sent a letter requesting a handful of debates, Congressman Lamborn has yet to respond. Today, the Halter campaign re-sent the letter to Congressman Lamborn with the same request for one debate a month beginning in August.

"Congressman Lamborn claims to be a leader in Washington, but so far he is missing in action when it comes to defending his own record," said Halter. "Given reports about his lackluster attendance at meetings of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, he should have plenty of time to defend his record to the voters of our area."

"In my initial letter, I asked for one debate in August, one debate in September, and one in October. I believe that three debates will give voters enough time to see firsthand our differing views."

In the letter, Halter claimed that the candidate who typically seeks debates is the one lagging in fundraising. However, recent financial reports show that Halter's campaign has a nearly 3-1 cash advantage with $320,000 in the bank compared with Lamborn's $114,000.

"It is clear that my campaign will have the resources necessary to communicate our message to the voters of the district and Congressman Lamborn will lag behind. However, I do not believe our fundraising lead should replace open public debates where the voters can see firsthand our positions on critical issues," said Halter. "I hope we will hear from Congressman Lamborn's team this week so we can confirm a debate schedule."
Read more about how Halter plans to win the Congressional District 5 seat in tomorrow's Independent.

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