Tim Stratton, a Chicago attorney challenging incumbent state rep. Karen May in the 58th Dist., is accusing May of ducking a renewed challenge for a series of debates. May is a fairly well-entrenched incumbent from Highland Park, having been in the General Assembly since 2001.
For incumbents, it's not unusual to shirk debates with challengers, but on the North Shore, which has an abundance of intelligent, concerned voters, elected officials who blow off debate challenges do so at their peril. In the 2006 election cycle, challenger Dan Seals complained that Congressman Mark Kirk avoided debates, although Seals took heavy criticism for pulling out of a scheduled debate in Waukegan at the last minute. Dem primary challenger Jay Footlik then accused Dan Seals of the same tactics in avoiding scheduled debates until late in the primary election cycle.
Stratton's press release is here.
PRESIDENTIAL UPDATE: Looks like McCain is throwing some good punches at Obama and Obama's apparent lack of knowledge that we are fighting al-Qaeda in Iraq. Much like Seals, Obama's only clear statement on the war in Iraq is that it was a mistake in the first place. Okay, great, we get it. How does the man fill two-hour speeches when that's basically the only thing he has to say on the war? His underlying argument that anyone who supported the war must have fatally flawed judgment and is not fit to hold public office (Hillary) is too extreme to sell to Joe/Josephine Q. Public, IMHO. CNN reports that McCain stacks up well against either potential Dem candidate and appears to have better overall approval ratings that either Dem. This is going to be interesting...
LOCALLY: The Waukegan News-Sun printed a letter from Lake County Republican Chairman Dan Venturi blasting State Rep. Kathy Ryg for her vote to subsidize the Chicago mass transit system by sending our tax dollars to the City for the CTA bailout. So, Ms. Ryg, explain to me again why our sales tax in Lake County has now shot up, AND I have to pay a 10% fare hike to ride on Metra? You can bet this will be a hot issue this fall for the local state rep. and state senate races.