Amy Tresidder, the Democratic candidate for state Senate, isn't satisfied with just one debate with state Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Heuvelton.
“This is a disappointment because the residents of the 48th District deserve the opportunity to hear a debate of the issues that are so important to our community,” Mrs. Tresidder said in a news release today. “Why is Patty Ritchie afraid of debating?”
Mrs. Tresidder said that jobs, a minimum wage hike, state costs to local governments and St. Lawrence County's sales tax haven't yet been fully fleshed out.
Mrs. Ritchie has basically run a campaign of ignoring her opponent. I've only seen Mrs. Ritchie take one jab at her, at the Jefferson County GOP fall dinner, when she criticized Mrs. Tresidder for calling for a sales-tax hike in St. Lawrence County while at a stop in Jefferson County. Mrs. Ritchie suggested that Mrs. Tresidder study up on her geography.
But other than that, all is quiet on the Ritchie front. She hasn't aired any campaign commercials, and while she has a decent amount of money in her campaign account, she hasn't spent much of it.
In 2010, her campaign was prodigious about sending out news releases. This year, her Senate office has picked up the slack, and the campaign has barely made a peep, especially not aimed at Mrs. Tresidder.
Mrs. Tresidder acknowledges that challenge.
"I continually hear that Senator Ritchie does not view me as a viable candidate," Mrs. Tresidder said. "Perhaps this is why she feels no need to debate. I call on the Senator to acknowledge me as an opponent and follow through with a debate.”
Sarah Compo, Mrs. Ritchie's spokeswoman, had this to say in an email:
"Senator Ritchie and her opponent already participated in a debate in Oswego County, they appeared jointly before the Post Standard Editorial Board, and have both committed to a League of Women Voters-sponsored event in St. Lawrence County.
Right now, Senator Ritchie is focused on meeting as many voters face-to-face as she can in the remaining days of the campaign, and continuing to do her job as Senator."