JAMESTOWN, NY – One of the many GOP candidates in the race for New York’s 23rd Congressional District is calling on his fellow front runner to debate ahead of a fast-approaching August primary election.
Nick Langworthy, who spoke during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, called out opponent Carl Paladino for not answering questions from news media and refusing to debate in a formal setting.
The State Republican Party Chairman called on Paladino to ditch his “Biden basement strategy” to take part in not only televised debates, which have been proposed by media across the region, but also, seven debates in all seven counties the Congressional District represents.
“President Trump was never afraid to take on the media, never afraid to take questions, he was the most accessible President that we ever had, they (the media) were awful to him, but it never stopped President Trump from doing the interviews, and debates, and press conferences, and answering the tough questions, because he had the courage to stand-up for his convictions, and he told voters exactly what was on his mind,” said Langworthy. “That’s the kind of leader I’ve been, and will continue to be as a member of Congress. The last thing we need is another millionaire hiding behind his checkbook trying to buy elections.”
In a statement, Carl Paladino said in part: “Nick Langworthy’s latest political stunt is a desperate plea from a desperate candidate who is losing by 30 points. Carl Paladino is criss crossing Western New York and the Southern Tier meeting with tens of thousand of voters who overwhelming support his agenda to stop Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi’s destruction of America.”
In addition to the two front runners, Jamestown area resident Richard Moon, who is running a write-in campaign for the seat, said in a statement to WNY News Now: “I was not surprised to see that Mr. Paladino is not giving interviews. Much like when Mr. Biden ran for President and felt as if he would win, he dodged the press and potentially tough questions.”
“Neither one of these gentleman live in this district. Neither of them cared about the district before the maneuvered opportunity became available to them. I live here and love this area and am still running for the primary and special election as a write in candidate,” continued Moon.
Both a special and the primary elections will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
The special election will fill the seat of former Congressman Tom Reed, who resigned for a job in the private sector. Republican Joe Sempolinski, the Steuben County Republican chairman, and Democrat Max Della Pia, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel from Tioga County, are facing off.
The ultimate winner of the GOP primary in August will take on Della Pia this fall for the full term.