Matt Doheny has agreed to participate in a debate with Kellie Greene ahead of the June 26 congressional primary and has suggested it be held in Wanakena.
But Greene, a conservative Republican from Sackets Harbor, said Friday that her campaign hasn't received an invitation from a group that plans to host the debate.
Both are vying for the Republican line in their respective quests to unseat U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
Doheny's campaign spokesman, Jude Seymour, said in an emailed statement that Doheny, a businessman from Watertown, has accepted an invitation from the Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corporation to participate in a debate June 19 at the SUNY ESF Ranger School in Wanakena, in the town of Fine. Seymour said that location is "close to residents in Hamilton, Lewis, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties."
Seymour said the location is "the ideal location for a discussion on the issues." The economic development group has hosted "meet the candidates" events in the past for congressional races, Seymour said.
Greene said as of Friday, her campaign "has yet to receive any invitation from any objective third party moderator or facilitator willing to host a debate between me and my Republican opponent."
"In my letter to Mr. Doheny dated June 4th, I requested, 'that we meet at a place and time that is convenient for both of us that can be moderated by an objective host,'" she said. "Any reasonable voter would expect such a debate to be conducted by an objective moderator, in a location that maximizes media access to all the voters of New York's 21st Congressional District. This reasonable criterion benefits all parties including most importantly, the voters."
Greene said she "eagerly awaits" an invitation to the debate.
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