Teresa Collett protests too much over the lack of debates in the race for the 4th Congressional District seat, according to the campaign of incumbent Betty McCollum.
In a Thursday MinnPost story, Collett, the Republican candidate, said that following a forum in White Bear Lake early in the campaign, McCollum, a Democrat who first won the seat in 2000, has ducked overtures for more debates.
Not so, according to Will Blauvelt, political director for McCollum. Blauvelt said that McCollum has agreed to participate in a St. Paul League of Women Voters debate on Oct. 21 (site to be determined) as well as an Oct. 25 25-minute debate on Minnesota Public Radio.
Blauvelt did agree with Collett, a first-time candidate, in saying that there has been little media coverage of the race. “Earned media [news coverage] is difficult to get. In that regard, we feel her pain.’’
Collett has tried to raise the profile of the race by saying that a vote for McCollum is a vote for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Blauvelt notes that that tactic is not surprising because it is a strategy being used by Republicans in other races across the country.