isn't backing down from the political debates he says he scheduled
with Congressman Russ Carnahan
-- even though it's doubtful that Carnahan's campaign ever agreed to the dates.
In an email blast this morning (viewable below), Martin says the debates against Carnahan scheduled for the next three Tuesdays of August are still a go. Moderating the face-offs will be Martin's good friend, former Donnybrook
host Martin Duggan
, a man who's made radio ads endorsing Martin
Martin's continued trumpeting of the debates prompted Carnahan yesterday to question the veracity of his challenger.
"The press release that my opponent put out, claiming that three debates
had been scheduled with me was a total and
complete lie and fabrication," Carnahan told KMOX
As Carnahan's staff told Daily RFT
on Tuesday, the congressman in July asked the non-partisan League of Women Voters to setup September debates between the candidates for Missouri's Third Congressional District and is waiting for the organization to draw a schedule.
This week Martin's press secretary, Theresa Petry
, provided Daily RFT
a letter dated August 4 proposing dates in which Martin wanted to debate Carnahan. Petry says the letter was mailed out on Thursday, August 5. Four days later -- after not hearing back from the Carnahan campaign -- Petry put out the press release suggesting that the dates were confirmed.
Today's email from Martin...