Pop Quiz: which Democrat said this to his opponent in a letter demanding public debates?
“Citizens deserve more from politicians than vague television ads, press releases and emotionally charged direct-mail and telephone campaigns.”
A. Ted Strickland
B. P.G. Sittenfeld
Given how Strickland has been dodging debates with Sittenfeld, you might have chosen B. But you’d be wrong – it was option A.
Back in 1996, Ted Strickland demanded a series of debates with his GOP opponent for Congress, Frank Creamans. After being repeatedly rebuffed by Creamans, Strickland responded by sending someone in a chicken outfit to harass Creamans at campaign events.
Today, the guy in the chicken suit should be clucking his way over to Ted Strickland’s HQ. That’s because Strickland is now the one exhibiting fowl behavior as he refuses to debate Sittenfeld and ironically claims any debates would be a “distraction.”
“Two decades ago, Ted Strickland labeled his opponent a ‘chicken’ for refusing to debate him—now Strickland is the one who deserves the chicken costume for refusing to debate in front of Ohio voters.” – Senate Leadership Fund Spokesman, Ian Prior