LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – It’s 67 days until the November 8 general election and all is quiet on the Lansing front when it comes to scheduling timely debates from the state’s top three incumbents.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson do not appear to see debates as a priority in their campaigns.
While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s campaign announced it’s agreed to two debates in October, her GOP opponent Tudor Dixon is crying foul. She says Whitmer refuses to engage her in several debates in September, despite repeated invitations to join her.
Last week, Dixon’s campaign says she committed to several debates in September, and alleged Whitmer will not commit to those debates since it’s before early voting.
Can Gretchen Whitmer provide one good reason why a debate shouldn’t take place before voting begins?
— Tudor Dixon (@TudorDixon) August 29, 2022
Whitmer’s campaign has ignored questions from Michigan News Source.
In the race for Michigan Attorney General, it appears current AG Dana Nessel is resorting to racist ad hominem fallacies rather than an actual debate. She said she won’t debate a “white supremacist.”
DePerno will outright abolish the Hate Crimes and Domestic Terrorism Unit. Why? Because he supports hate crimes committed against minority communities and domestic acts of terrorism against the government.
— Dana Nessel (@dananessel) August 31, 2022
GOP Attorney General candidate Matt DePerno spoke on “The Steve Gruber Show” on Friday. “It is vulgar,” DePerno said, referring to Nessel’s name-calling. “It falls in line with what we saw with Joe Biden last night [and] these are excuses Dana Nessel is using to avoid a debate because she doesn’t want to get on stage and defend her extreme policies.”
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has found her office embroiled in several setbacks this week. A court denied her request to throw out a lawsuit demanding she take more than 25,000 dead people’s names off the voter rolls. Benson is also under fire and working with law enforcement regarding voting equipment from Wexford County that wound up for sale on eBay.
It seems GOP challenger Kristina Karamo’s request for a debate with Benson may be in the works, but Karamo is focused on a fair fight.
— Kristina Karamo (@KristinaKaramo) August 31, 2022
The general election is November 8.