The first TV debate of the Governors’ race is coming up on May 18th. Patrick, Reilly, Gabrieli, and Mihos, will be there… but not Kerry Healey. The Globe reports:
Four of the candidates for governor are scheduled to participate in the campaign’s first live televised debate on May 18.
Republican candidate Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey declined the invitation, organizers said. Healey challenged all the declared candidates for governor to four debates between the primary and general elections this fall. A call to a campaign spokesman was not immediately returned.
Adam Reilly of the Phoenix got the answer from Nate Little, a campaign spokesman for Kerry Healey:
“Two of the three Democrats won’t even be in the race after the primaries. We sent out a debate challenge last week, for four debates between primary and election day. So once the candidates for the final are established, we’ll be happy to debate anytime and anywhere.”
But here’s the really funny part Adam Reilly uncovered: Healey’s recent challenge to the other candidates to hold four debates, came on April 25th. Candidates were formally invited to the May 18th debate on April 14th. This “challenge” sounds like Healey’s reaction to the debate invitation she had just decided to decline.