September 10, 2020 Press Releases

Release: Rep. Debbie Lesko Ducks Full Debate, Only Agrees To Half An Hour

For Immediate Release
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Contact: Matt Grodsky, mgrodsky@azdem.org

Release: Rep. Debbie Lesko Ducks Full Debate, Only Agrees To Half An Hour

PHOENIX – Congressional Debates have always given Arizona voters the opportunity to see the differences between their candidates before an election. The debates usually last an hour and provide important context to voters as they prepare to decide who is best to represent them. So it is unfortunate to learn that Rep. Debbie Lesko would only agree to do a debate if it were shortened by 30 minutes instead of the traditional 1-hour format. This morning, her opponent Michael Muscato, called her out for her attempt to starve voters of vital information.

Muscato said in a statement: 

“I believe the job of Congress is to represent the people of the district, not just a political party and its leadership. Debbie Lesko should be required to prove she is more worthy of our representation than one of this district’s own native sons. She should show the voters of this district the respect we all deserve and commit to the full hour-long debate. She should have to answer questions and provide answers without a rush for time. In her time in Congress she has hosted zero in-person, public, town halls. Prior to Covid- 19 I hosted three. I should be allowed the opportunity to show the voters they have an option who will provide guardianship not partisanship.” 

Read his full statement here

“What is Lesko afraid of?” said Matt Grodsky, Arizona Democratic Party spokesman, “Arizona voters deserve the opportunity to hear from both Michael Muscato and Rep. Lesko for a full hour so that they can see the differences between these two candidates for themselves.  Lesko has been voting against the best interests of Arizonans for months including voting no on almost every COVID-19 relief bill. She also mischaracterized the ongoing issues with USPS as political theater. Lesko should answer for that and face off against Muscato in an hour-long debate.”