NHDP - ABSENT: Brown Faces Consequences For Skipping Today’s Local GOP Senate Debate

 

Concord, NH-- Today is the day of the Merrimack Business Association’s GOP Senate candidate’s debate, but Scott Brown won’t be attending, because he is doing everything he can to hide his positions from Granite Staters and avoid debating the real conservative candidates who are really from New Hampshire.
 
“Scott Brown continues to refuse to debate his opponents, and it’s an insult to voters and to the New Hampshire way,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “He is refusing to tell people where he stands on issues that matter to people, like continuing those billions in tax breaks to the big oil companies, or how he’s going to pay for his phony education plan."
 
First, Brown wouldn’t even RSVP to the Merrimack Business Association…
 
“For three weeks he has been dodging this. We were not fully aware of his intentions,” said Dave McCray. “We asked for a reply and he never gave it. I have lost total respect for Scott Brown, who obviously doesn’t want a debate.”
 
Then, McCray found out Brown lied about where he would be…
 
“When your campaign declined the invitation due to a conflicting engagement, I took you at your word and felt it was fair to give Senator Brown another date to be heard by the Merrimack Business Association, but in light of not seeing proof that an engagement on June 18th was scheduled prior to April 23rd is truly the case and in trying to be fair to all, we will not allow him to have a separate meeting where he will not have to engage with the other candidates,” McCray wrote.
 
And the Nashua Telegraph called him out in an editorial…
 
“The problem with the Brown campaign is that the candidate wants to be treated like the presumptive nominee without answering hard questions or giving people the opportunity to compare him with the other Republicans in the race. Brown begged out of a June 18 debate in Merrimack with other GOP candidates, citing a scheduling conflict, though his campaign this week requested to meet with The Telegraph’s editorial board on that very morning.”
 
But Brown’s primary opponents won’t let him continue to duck…
 
“I have gone to dozens of events where he's been invited to, or he's been invited to participate in one way or another, either there when I'm there or Rubens is there or when we're not there he can come on his own.  He doesn't show up,” said Bob Smith. “You have to face the questions and you have to face the voters.  This is what New Hampshire is."
 
"We got Bob Smith and myself and Scott Brown--we're running for U.S. Senate and these debates are good.  They're hard on candidates and Washington doesn't like a debate but we do have a primary so that different ideas can be brought to the people and tested and compared, you got to look at the different approaches that the candidates are taking to fixing the country's problems,” said Jim Rubens. “So I think if the party were more-- Embraced the concept of 'let the debate go on,' let the ideas be compared and contrasted I think it would go down a little easier."