Deutch in Tally, won’t take part in congressional debate todayby George Bennett | March 18th, 2010
Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch said this morning he won’t participate in a congressional debate this afternoon with Republican Ed Lynch and no-party candidate Jim McCormick because he needs to attend a Senate Ways and Means Committee hearing in Tallahassee.
The three are running in an April 13 special election to replace retired U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler.
WFTL 850-AM said it had lined up the three candidates for a 4 p.m. debate on The Jeff Katz Show.
But Deutch released a statement this morning saying his participation was never a sure thing because of his schedule in Tallahassee. Deutch says he hopes to schedule a debate at another date.
Lynch accused Deutch of short-changing constituents in Palm Beach-Broward congressional District 19.
“It’s frustrating to me that someone who wants to represent you and your children doesn’t have enough courtesy to come here and take off from his part-time job,” said Lynch.
Here’s Deutch’s statement on today’s debate:
“I was looking forward to participating in the WFTL candidates forum, and informed the station from the beginning that March 18th would conflict with the Florida Senate’s debate on the state budget. I suggested we hold the forum next week on March 26, however, the other candidates were ultimately unable to accommodate this request. My constituents deserve a voice in today’s Ways and Means Committee meeting, during which we will be voting on funding for our public schools and new job creation incentives. I hope that Mr. Lynch and Mr. McCormick and I can finalize a time and date for a new candidates forum soon, and thank WFTL for extending me the invitation.”