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Adkins Says Massie Won't Debate in Congressional Race

Bill Adkins, Democratic candidate for Congress in Northern Kentucky, says his Republican opponent, former Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie, will not commit to a debate. Adkins, a Williamstown attorney and former chairman of the Grant County Democratic Party, and Massie are running for the seat left open by Rep. Geoff Davis's announced retirement and then resignation (technically, there will be two races between these two candidates on Election Day: one for the open seat as scheduled, and one a special election to fill the short remainder of Davis's term). 
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“Tom Massie is doing a great disservice to the voters of Kentucky by refusing to have an open discussion on important issues like jobs and Medicare,” Adkins said in a campaign news release. “If he can’t face the people of our district and answer the tough questions, he isn’t fit to serve in Congress.” The campaign listed several possible debate locations and claims that Massie refused each and every one, including ones hosted by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Northern Kentucky University, and others, though the release notes that Massie "is checking his schedule" for a possible debate to be televisised by cn|2, the Insight Cable-operated channel. 
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“When there is an open seat, there has never been a precedent for refusing to participate in live debates in the largest economic region of the district, Northern Kentucky. Both the Chamber of Commerce and Northern Kentucky University have traditionally held live debates and Mr. Massie has refused to participate in either of these traditions,” said Campbell County Democratic Party Chairman Paul Whalen, in the same campaign release. “It is a shame for the voters of the 4th District that one of the candidates in this open seat doesn’t see the importance of involving the voters in this race. Tom Massie’s behavior indicates that the people of the district do not matter to him.".
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