Virginia Senator Jill Vogel says that she would be pleased to debate her Democratic challenger for the 27th District General Assembly senate seat if he would only show up at a debate.
Vogel said on Friday that Democratic challenger Shaun Broy has missed two recent opportunities where both he and Vogel had been invited to debate.
“He has been a no-show” Vogel said.
Vogel’s statement was in response to an October 6th campaign press release issued by Broy challenging Vogel to “debate anytime, anywhere.”
“I look forward to the opportunity to participate with Senator Holtzman-Vogel and Mr. Marro in a series of good spirited discussions regarding important issues facing the 27th State Senatorial District and The Commonwealth of Virginia. The voters of our district deserve nothing less,” Broy said in his press release.
However, Vogel said that her office hadn’t been contacted by Broy regarding his October 6th press release. Even more puzzling, according to Vogel, Broy hasn’t managed to appear at several debate opportunities where he has been invited to speak.
“I think that it is very, very humorous because I just came from a debate where he was supposed to be” Vogel said Friday morning. “The Culpeper Chamber of Commerce held a two-hour debate Friday morning. All of the candidates had a chance to make an opening statement and answer eleven questions. It was an awesome debate. But he was a no-show and I found that very interesting.”
Vogel added that Broy also missed a debate sponsored by the Loudoun County Chamber of commerce the previous week.
“In the interest of fairness and disclosure we’re having debates all over right now” Vogel said. “He issued a challenge for me to do his six debates but we have so many on the calendar right now that it would be nice if he would just participate in the debates that we already have scheduled.”
Donald Marro is an Independent candidate for the 27th District Senate race.