Bob Good, the Republican nominee for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District seat, has declined to participate in the first scheduled debate.
In a news release, Democratic nominee Dr. Cameron Webb said Good had declined to participate in a debate hosted by Piedmont Virginia Community College and Charlottesville TV station CBS19.
Good and Webb are vying for the seat currently held by Denver Riggleman, who lost the Republican nomination to Good during a contentious convention in June.
In the release, Webb accuses Good of avoiding voters and trying to “hide his radical and out-of-touch policy views.”
“As candidates to represent the people of Virginia’s 5th District, we owe them the opportunity to hear from us directly. A political strategy rooted in avoiding voters demonstrates a lack of accountability that we need less of in Washington, not more” Webb wrote. “I hope Bob Good reconsiders, but regardless of his decision, I look forward to taking every opportunity to engage with the Virginians in our district about the issues that matter most.”
The Good campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment or clarification.
Dan Schutte, a news director and anchor at CBS19, confirmed that Good declined to participate and said the candidate did not specify why.
Schutte said it is disappointing that the Good campaign declined the invitation, but said he’s hopeful that CBS19 will be able to put something else together to help voters learn more about the two candidates.
Republican candidate Bob Good has declined an offer to debate Democratic candidate Dr. Cameron Webb at Piedmont Virginia Community College.
The two are running against each other for Virginia's Fifth Congressional District seat, currently held by Representative Denver Riggleman, R-Nelson.
CBS19 News invited both candidates to a debate. The Webb campaign accepted and the Good campaign declined.
It could be some time before the candidates for Virginia's 5th District go head-to-head on the debate stage ahead of the November election.
Dr. Cameron Webb, the Democratic nominee says his competitor Republican Bob Good has declined to have a public debate.
Webb's team says Good is refusing to debate to "hide his radical and out of touch policy from viewers."