“Mr. Cuomo is insulting the intelligence of New Yorkers,
who pay the highest taxes in America in a state with the
worst economic outlook in America.”
New York, NY–Oct. 6…New York’s governor will not debate his Republican opponent in a one-on-one televised debate, Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino today announced. Mr. Astorino, who last year gave his re-election challenger in Westchester five separate, one-on-one debates, has accepted six TV debate offers in this year’s gubernatorial race. Andrew Cuomo has refused all television offers that would feature the two major party candidates debating head-to-head.
Mr. Astorino’s campaign had been working with a respected intermediary organization to strike a deal with Mr. Cuomo that would have allowed television cameras into a proposed WNYC joint radio show appearance. Mr. Cuomo categorically refused that offer. (Both Mr. Cuomo and Mr. Astorino refused a webcam debate proposal that was floated in the WNYC negotiations.) Mr. Cuomo also refused to debate his Democratic Primary challenger, respected FordhamUniversity professor Zephyr Teachout.
“Andrew Cuomo travels to Afghanistan to support troops fighting for democracy, and then blatantly disrespects the democratic process here in New York,” County Executive Astorino said. “Mr. Cuomo is insulting the intelligence of New Yorkers, who pay the highest taxes in America in a state with the worst economic outlook in America.Â This state’s voters deserve to see and hear the major party candidates in a debate of ideas before Election Day.
Mr. Astorino has accepted televised debates with:
New York 1/Time Warner Cable/Newsday/News 12
WABC 7/Univision/The Daily News/ League of Women Voters
The Association of Public Broadcasting Stations
The only debate tentatively scheduled — no firm date is set — would be a local debate held in Buffalo that will include minor party candidates, cutting in half the time Mr. Astorino and Mr. Cuomo will have to discuss key issues, like tax reform, economic development, the Moreland Commission Scandal, and Common Core.Â That debate will be hosted by The Buffalo News and the local PBS affiliate. Astorino efforts to include broadcast television outlets have been rebuffed.
“Vladimir Putin debated his opponent on television in Russia,” Mr. Astorino continued, “but Andrew Cuomo won’t do the same in New York. What does that tell you about him? What does Mr. Cuomo have to hide?”