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Incumbent Won’t Debate Nancy Wade in Congressional Race

From the Nancy Wade Campaign:

On Sunday, November 4 at 1 p.m., IL’s 5th U.S. Congressional District candidate Nancy Wade will participate in a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters.  The debate will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4550 N. Hermitage in Chicago. Wade will square off against suburban Republican Dan Schmitt.  Conspicuously absent from the debate will be incumbent Democratic placeholder Mike Quigley, who took over IL-5 from current Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2009.

Regarding Quigley’s absence in the planned League of Women Voters’ debate, Nancy Wade observed that this represents a pattern that should raise the eyebrows of 5th District voters.

“Mike Quigley has refused or ignored multiple invitations to debate me, and he’s taken no public stands on issues of great importance and currency to 5th District voters, such as the recent effort by the Chicago Teachers Union to fight against Rahm Emanuel’s destructive and unpopular education policies,” she said.  She also noted that Quigley hasn’t said much about his vote to extend the Patriot Act’s domestic spying provisions.  “Where will he stand on the next president’s attempts to bargain away Medicare and Social Security?  How will he vote if the next president requests authorization for bombing or invading Iran?”

Given that so much is at stake in the next two years, said Wade, 5th District voters need to know what kind of representative they’ll be sending to Washington.  “My campaign has been very open about where I stand on our country’s most important issues, and the voters deserve no less from the incumbent.  Mike Quigley needs to make his positions clear to the voters.”

“We promise not to lock him out and have him arrested,” Wade said, referring to the treatment that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein recieved at the third presidential debate.

Ronald Hardy

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