New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pulling out of a scheduled statewide Sunday night debate.
The debate between Gillibrand and GOP challenger Chele Farley was to originate from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, and was to air on all Spectrum News stations.
The junior senator says she’s siding with the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers in their labor dispute with Spectrum parent Charter Communications, but Farley accuses her of “chickening out.”
Gillibrand says she’s open to working with another media partner for a debate if the IBEW/Charter dispute can’t be worked out.
U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley (R, C, Reform) blasted Kirsten Gillibrand for her last-minute decision to pull out of Sunday’s debate at Skidmore College.
In withdrawing from the debate, Gillibrand cited solidarity with striking Charter Spectrum workers who belong to the IBEW union. Gillibrand, like other boycotting Democrats, Tish James and Bill de Blasio, has been interviewed on numerous Spectrum outlets since the labor action began in March 2017.
Gillibrand, just yesterday was in New Hampshire, as she continued laying the groundwork for her 2020 Presidential run.
“New York’s 19 million voters deserve a real conversation about the issues that are facing our state but apparently Kirsten Gillibrand is more interested in the lives of voters in New Hampshire,” said Farley.
She added, “This debate has been scheduled for weeks, the only thing that has changed at Spectrum is that Kirsten Gillibrand decided she couldn’t defend her absentee record of incompetence and ineffectiveness.”
The decision by Gillibrand, who touts herself as one of the most “transparent” members of Congress, marks a complete reversal from her previous races.
‘It is shocking to me that a Senator who has spent more time on the road campaigning for 2020, than she has re-election, would have so little respect for the voters,” said Farley.
Concluded Farley, “Kirsten Gillibrand chickened out, there are no two ways about it. But I respect the voters and stand ready to debate her, if and when she finds the guts to stand before me and the people of New York, and defend her record.”