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James refuses to debate Henry

Nov 02, 2022 1:03 pm

Raga Justin reports for the Times Union that Democrat Letitia James is refusing to debate her Republican opponent, Michael Henry, in their election to become the state's attorney general. James is the incumbent, and only formally declined the debate this week that would have been hosted by Spectrum's NY1 at 7 p.m. Nov. 2. "Letitia James cannot run from her record even if she runs from a debate," Henry’s campaign said in a statement. "The voters will hold her accountable." James had previously told the Times Union that she would be "more than happy" to debate Henry but now cited "scheduling issues" to get out of answering questions. Stu Loeser, a campaign spokesperson for James, would not say what specific event James was attending on Nov. 2 instead of educating voters on the issues. Instead, he blamed the media. "We have a great deal of respect for NY1, but our concern is that this is an opportunity for our opponent to make totally factless, baseless statements," Loeser said. "We're not in the same political moment ... as even four years ago." The other candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties running statewide this fall all agreed to at least one debate, except for James. Read more about this story in the Times Union.