Dems want debate(s) in 7th District

This release appeared in my inbox yesterday, about Democratic candidate Cheri Siler looking for three debates with Republican Richard Briggs.

Cheri Siler is running an energetic and positive campaign and

Cheri Siler

Cheri Siler

we’re proud of her work, impressed by her enthusiasm, and dedicated to her success.  We want voters to have the same head to head comparison of the candidates.

Multiple debates, preferably televised, are the best way to ensure voters see a direct and meaningful candidate comparison.  Cheri Siler has offered to do three debates.  Briggs has responded with a vague commitment to maybe one.

Some context:

Folks in the Briggs campaign have said they’re not against a forum or debate, but there have to be some standards. For one, they’re not interested in it being held by student

Richard Briggs

Richard Briggs

groups. As for location, that appears to be undecided, but there are options around UT.

Democrats say they’ve only gotten radio silence from Briggs’ camp, and I’m unsure who has reached out to whom and in what abundance.

The Democrats gave us a heads-up about this issue last week, when they went to a college Republican meeting at UT to speak with Briggs directly. It doesn’t seem that much has come from that interaction, if Democrats are speaking through press releases. Here’s the full release:

Because of the unusual nature of Stacey Campfield’s failed re-election campaign, an inordinate amount of attention was spent in the primary election deciphering what actually is primary residence of Republican candidate Rick Briggs, and whether his signed validation of his address is accurate. Only a court can address definitively whether such signed campaign documents are truthful and complete. We in the Democratic Party are more interested in the policy differences between Briggs and Democratic nominee Cheri Siler.

Cheri Siler is running an energetic and positive campaign and we’re proud of her work, impressed by her enthusiasm, and dedicated to her success. We want voters to have the same head to head comparison of the candidates.

Multiple debates, preferably televised, are the best way to ensure voters see a direct and meaningful candidate comparison. Cheri Siler has offered to do three debates. Briggs has responded with a vague commitment to maybe one.

Those who cover election campaigns and those who report on candidates should be unsatisfied with the Briggs non-answer. No candidate should be allowed to skirt thoughtful inquiry and comparison, and merely attempt to coast on perceived partisan advantage and large amounts of campaign cash. We urge reporters to keep asking Briggs about debates until he makes a firm commitment to multiple debates. Only that will serve the public interest of an informed electorate.

I’m betting there will be one forum, moderated, with questions, a rebuttal time and a response to that.

Also, keep in mind that this a very Republican district, the 7th. Nonetheless, this is a bona fide election with two legitimate candidates. And they’re both pretty nice folks, respectively.

About Gerald

A reporter in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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