Since it’s been brought up: Yes, the Joe Kennedy climate debate timer at the top of the page is still alive and ticking. Why? Ed Markey and the two other candidates at the time (Steve Pemberton, who has since dropped out; and Shannon Liss-Riordan) had agreed on 11/10 as the time; Stonehill College is ready to host.
The campaign on Friday afternoon reiterated that the congressman, who entered the race last month, was committed to joining Markey and labor attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan in a debate on climate change. But the campaign added that Kennedy wanted to negotiate “in good faith with the other campaigns on a date and venue that works for everyone,” with a preference for a debate early next year.
“As we have said, the congressman strongly believes this particular debate should be held in a frontline community most impacted by our country’s climate failures,” campaign spokeswoman Emily Kaufman said Friday. “He also believes a 2020 date will ensure better voter attention on this critical issue, rather than the middle of Veteran’s Day weekend.”
“Some-other-time” is not yes. That’s what I tell telemarketers. (And I have to chuckle: What’s wrong with Veteran’s Day weekend?)
Come on Joe, just do your homework and show up 11/10.
Until then, we tick and we tock.