GOP’s Crowley, Lingle want debates

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HILO, Hawaii: Kawika Crowley, the Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional House District, has contacted the campaign manager of his democratic opponent, Tulsi Gabbard, requesting a televised debate.

The underdog Crowley says he’s sure Tulsi recognizes the critical importance of a well informed electorate, as per the many stark differences between the two on issues like abortion, same sex marriage, gun control, Honolulu Rail, and foreign policy.

Crowley says time is running out, and he wants an answer from by this Friday at 2pm.

Crowley copied members of media with his emailed request…

During the press conference kicking-off Crowley’s “Walking the Islands” campaign here in Hilo in late August, he said he doubted Tulsi would accept a debate.

Crowley is not the only Republican candidate for office having trouble pinning down their Deomcratic opponent for a debate.

GOP Senate candidate Linda Lingle is set to appear at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce General Election candidate forum at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 at Kealakehe High School cafeteria.

But it looks like Democrat candidate, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, will not be there.

Organizers say both candidates have been invited. Lingle accepted the invitation weeks before the Aug. 11 Primary. Hirono’s staff initially said they would consider the request after the Primary.

A formal reply has not yet received from Hirono.

Organizers say they will continue with the event as planned. Planners say if Hirono is able to attend, there will be a seat at the table for her. If Lingle is the only attendee, the moderator, Sherry Bracken of LAVA 105 and Hawaii Public Radio, will still pose questions and the event will be a talk story with which candidates take part.

In a separate media release, Lingle’s Campaign Manager Bob Lee said Hirono’s refusal to debate is “a sign of arrogance”… and that “Mazie doesn’t understand how hurtful this is to people on the neighbor island.”

The general election will take place on November 6th.

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