From the Larry Smith for Congress Campaign:
Today Larry Smith, Republican candidate for Congress in Maryland’s Second District, announced that he is deeply disappointed that fellow candidate Nancy Jacobs is refusing his challenge to debate. Mr. Smith believes it would be appropriate to put her picture on the sides of milk cartons sold within District Two.
“Republican Presidential candidates have already debated 19 times. Refusing to debate for a congressional race ultimately disrespects the voters who must select their district’s best candidate. Why can’t she make the time?” asked Smith. “What is she afraid of? What’s she hiding?”
Last week Smith proposed a series of issue specific debates for MD-02 candidates in the weeks leading up to April 3rd’s primary. The only candidate not to accept Mr. Smith’s challenge was Nancy Jacobs. Accordingly, Smith has released a mock-up of a milk carton showing Ms. Jacobs MIA.
“One thing’s for sure: our nominee will have to go toe to toe with Congressman Ruppersberger this fall. So voters should be questioning whether Jacobs’ refusal to debate effectively renders her a de facto TKO,” stated Smith. “One need only look as far back as Republican Presidential candidate Governor Rick Perry to see an example of a competent state incumbent who was overwhelmed by the broad scale of issues related to national governance and international relations. I mean it’s as if Ms. Jacobs is saying we’ll have to elect her first in order to see what she’ll do.”
There are 49 days left until the primary. So far, Anne Arundel County’s “Free State Patriots” is hosting a MD-02 congressional candidates’ forum on February 16th at the Brooklyn Park Library at 7 pm (Lee Havis, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-589-1127 or cell, 240-481-1566). Then, central Baltimore County’s 42d District Republican Club is hosting MD-02 candidates in a forum on February 25 at Lutherville’s Knights of Columbus Hall. It begins at 9 am (Julianne Grim at 410-967-7229 or email@example.com). Next, on March 8th, Howard County’s League of Women Voters is hosting a Maryland congressional candidate forum at Ellicott City’s George Howard Building beginning at 7 pm. Their forum will be broadcast live by GTV, rebroadcast, and hosted online (Alice Giles / Betsy Grater at 410-730-0142 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Finally, East Baltimore County Republican Club President Ric Metzgar (443-622-7647 or email@example.com) and club Vice-President (and Baltimore Republican Central Committee Member) George Krach (443-610-8921 or firstname.lastname@example.org) are in the process of organizing a “Grand Finale” debate for MD-02 candidates sometime in late March. They hope to host the debate at either Dundalk or Essex Community College and are inviting district newspaper editors to field questions to the candidates.
Candidates Ray Bly, Vladimir Degen, Rick Impallaria, Howard Orton and Larry Smith are looking forward to each event. Last week Mr. Smith sent a letter to each candidate asking them to agree to debate. Jacobs was the only candidate who declined.