Another take on the SD48 race....The other day an Aubertine supporter said to me, "you have to call Patty out."
Me ? Not my job....If she won't debate or be interviewed, its likely good strategy.
By ducking debates you antagonize the insiders...the operatives and a few media wags who fancy themselves on a panel of questioners. (There is one closed to the public, taped debate this Friday on WPBS)
The vast majority of voters who will show up on Nov. 2 do not care about the debate game. They have likely already decided and one assumes the polls are not in the incumbents favor.
Ducking debates will cost few votes and participating will gain few...But by participating you risk either a mistake or the revelation that you are not that conversant on issues.
The GOP strategy is to elect a Republican placeholder...They can fill in the blanks later,
Patty Ritchie is playing to her strength....Personal campaigning, lots of ads and an electorate angry at the Democrats in Albany, even if they like the Democrat in Cape Vincent.
There is absolutely no reason for her to debate.