Ruth McClung has backed out of a debate with Raúl Grijalva that was scheduled for Monday. You may remember that she made a big show of coming to Grijalva’s office (complete with a television camera) to challenge Grijalva to this particular debate, and her campaign largely agreed to the conditions set by Grijalva’s campaign. The sticking point, in the end, was the time. McClung’s people did not want the debate at the same time as the one between Gabrielle Giffords and Jesse Kelly. The Grijalva people agreed to move the debate a bit later, but McClung’s people took their ball and went home.
Maybe this new found reticence is because of McClung’s performance last night. She may have discovered that repeating the word “boycott” over and over again is a poor substitute for knowledge of the needs of the district and public policy.
No word yet on whether the debate will take place anyway, there are two other candidates running. Should the debate go on, this humble blogger will leave it up to you, the reader, to decide what inanimate object would be an appropriate substitute for McClung.
CORRECTION: The original post had a link to an article about the debate earlier this week. That debate was organized by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, this second debate was scheduled to be organized by the League of Women Voters.