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Tonko, Joy seem likely to debate this fall

Sep 20, 2022 1:35 pm

News10 in Albany reports that incumbent Democrat Paul Tonko has proposed a WMHT debate in the 20th Congressional District election this fall, and Republican challenger Liz Joy wants multiple debates. “I’m looking forward to debating Paul and our campaign is currently in discussions with multiple organizations that have proposed debates, including WMHT," Joy said. “Unlike Paul Tonko, who in 2020 refused to debate me when over 100 business owners requested a forum. We need to hear directly from Paul as to why he supports policies that are making New York unaffordable and unsafe with skyrocketing crime and weak borders allowing deadly fentanyl to flow into the country.” Because of Joy's participation in the rally in Washington D.C. Jan. 6, 2021, Tonko seems eager to debate this fall. “Those running for the people’s house should be held to account and open to public scrutiny,” said Tonko last week. “My opponent organized a bus trip to the Capitol on January 6th where police officers died, and insurrectionists tried to overturn an election. She has also expressed support for total abortion bans, even in cases of rape and incest. These are extreme views that are well out of touch with Capital Region voters, and they deserve to be scrutinized." So far, their are no specifics, except possibly using the local public television station, WHMT, as a venue. See the News10 website for more details on this story.