Something didn't ring quite true with me. I've known Bill Bolling for six or seven years and I've never known him to run from anything ... especially a debate with an opponent. The man is charismatic and a great public speaker, and he seems to thrive when in circumstances such as debates and grassroots discussions.
So when I began to read that the Wagner campaign was accusing the Bolling campaign of "backing out" of the debate, a red flag went up and I did a little research.
Try this out for truth about the matter ... information from the Bolling campaign:
Unfortunately, earlier today the Wagner campaign released a statement accusing us of attempting to back out of the debate, and changing rules that had previously been agreed upon. Neither of these charges were true, and we have no idea why they chose to release such a statement, other than an obvious attempt to score some cheap political points, which seems to be their standard mode of operation.Read the entire explanation of what happened at the Bill Bolling for Lt. Governor website.
At this point, it became painfully clear to us that the Wagner campaign was more interested in debating about debates than actually holding a debate. No final rules had ever been agreed to, and to state otherwise is simply a lie. In addition, the organizers of the debate had requested that we keep all discussions on rules, etc private and out of the press. The Wagner campaign's attempt to score cheap political points at the expense of our organizers is inexcusable. Frankly, behavior like this is the kind of thing that turns people off of politics.