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Will They or Won't They? No Plans Yet for Pasch, Darling Debate

Pasch says Darling refuses to debate; Incumbent's campaign says that's not the case.

With less than four weeks to go before she squares off against state Sen. Alberta Darling in the recall election, state Rep. Sandy Pasch says she’s ready for a public debate.

Pasch, a Democrat from Whitefish Bay vying for Darling's 8th District Senate seat in the Aug. 9 election, said also she is miffed as to why the Republican incumbent turned down requests for two debates.

However, Darling's campaign says there will be "a couple" of a debates, it's just that the details haven't yet been worked out.

Pasch, in a statement, said she was disappointed by Darling's rejection of requests for debates that came from two special-interest groups, Disability Rights Wisconsin and Advocates for Education.

"Now that we've completed the wasteful, dishonest, GOP-concocted primary, I had hoped Senator Darling would begin taking debate requests seriously, but clearly that is not the case," Pasch said. "I cannot be more disappointed to hear Senator Darling is not interested in addressing the important issues facing some of the most vulnerable in our society.

"We are still waiting on Darling to confirm a date for additional reputable hosts, but have been given no sign of good intent," Pasch added.

However, Darling campaign manager Andrew Davis told Patch Thursday that while while the campaign declined these particular invitations, the two candidates will go head to head before Election Day.

"Both sides have agreed to a couple forums, but there's only a month (before the election) and Senator Darling needs to spend her time talking to voters," Davis said.

Pasch spokesman Dave Kreisman said the Democrat has been ready to go with the two forums for a while, and the campaign has been waiting on Darling's office to respond.

"Time is running out," he said. "We've been chomping at the bit."

to advance to the general recall election.

ike July 18, 2011 at 08:34 PM
also... I like your use of the word "dictate" in your reply. So fitting for Walker et al.'s administration. Very clever Bob!
Bob McBride July 18, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Apparently Sandy doesn't understand that when a government funded entity floats a bond, the taxpayer is not "off the hook" for the interest on that bond or the cost of floating it. Not a real good choice there, Ike. Keep guessing and digging. You might hit something yet.
Bob McBride July 18, 2011 at 10:15 PM
i was working under the assumption that the monies would be given out to company's that thrive and subsequently pay it back, but you're right, Joe. if they're grants or if the companies can't pay it back, we're on the hook for the principal as well.
Craig Johnson July 18, 2011 at 11:09 PM
The tea party Darling doesn't want to debate, because she won't answer the question of whether she supported the phony elections that cost thousands of taxpayer dollars - "no comment - that was my party, not me" won't cut it in a debate.
235301 July 19, 2011 at 01:37 AM
Lyle: absolutely agree that academics have a very important role in our society, particularly with their research and bringing new technologies to industry. However, to hold academics up as some beacon of truth when it comes to how we should spend tax dollars and redistribute wealth is just absurd. The original poster, Vicki, was saying we should follow the lead of academics because they spend more time studying the issues and anyone in conflict with their position is just plain wrong. Academics are far less capable of providing an opinion on these issues because they are too far removed from reality and the real pressures the rest of us have to deal with on a day to day basis. They should simply have one vote like the rest of us and no bigger voice.

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