Matt Doheny and Kellie Greene will not debate before next Tuesday's primary after all.
The Jefferson County Young Republicans tried to organize a debate in Watertown this Saturday. The group had commitments from the candidates and several reporters, who would have done the questioning.
However, finding a place to hold the debate was an issue, according to an email from Jeremiah Maxon of the Young Republicans.
"...I set a deadline to have a location set in stone no later than Tuesday at noon. After a number of missed connections, I was unable to coordinate with the North Side Improvement League until nearly 10pm last night."
"We understand the Young Republicans Debate was only one of many events clamoring for attention the weekend before the primary in a sprawling district, and that after we were unable to secure a location by our self-imposed deadline, the Doheny for Congress campaign tells me they have hesitantly accepted an invitation at functions on the other side of the district," according to the email.
Greene slammed Doheny for what she called a 'debate dodge.'
"Mr. Doheny led on my campaign. He led on the Jefferson County Republicans. He led on several respected journalists. But most disturbingly, he let down the citizens of New York's 21st Congressional District," she said in statement.
Both Doheny and Greene will reportedly now be campaigning at the other end of the district Saturday.
Doheny and Greene are contending for the right to be the Republican nominee and face incumbent Bill Owens in November.
Friday, August 26, 2016, Watertown, NY
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