Tipton Ducks Durango Debate?

The Durango Herald’s Emery Cowan:

The last two years in Congress have been “sweet and sour” for Rep. Scott Tipton. In a meeting with The Durango Herald’s editorial board on Monday, the freshman legislator representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District outlined what he considered his legislative “wins” during a period in Washington defined by gridlock…

Tipton didn’t give a sure sign whether he would participate in a debate against Pace at Fort Lewis College, which is both candidates’ alma mater. [Pols emphasis]

He hadn’t yet found a place to fit the debate into his schedule, Tipton said. The candidates are scheduled to debate in Pueblo Oct. 10.

First of all, it should go without saying that any time a candidate says they “don’t have time” to commit to a major public event, it’s because they don’t want to do it. In Rep. Scott Tipton’s case, the recent debate he participated in at the Club 20 conference in Grand Junction was about as friendly a room as he’ll ever get–certainly better than he can expect in Pueblo, or for that matter in the increasingly high-end and educated city of Durango.

The other problem is human nature, how people want most what you say they can’t have.

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