Joy Franklin, Editorial page Editor, of the Asheville Citizen-Times tries to explain the sequence of events:
Over the last couple of days, supporters of Heath Shuler have flooded my inbox with e-mails that read something like this:
“Your statement that Shuler ‘backed out’ of a debate is deplorable – a misleading assertion – disgraceful. He said many times Sunday was for his family – Republicans, and Republican publications like yours, spew out DECEIT constantly – and you are one of the main reasons this country has suffered under the worst president and the worst ruling majority in the history of the US! The damage is irreparable!”
These irate correspondents are reacting to a story we published Saturday: “Shuler backs out of debate.”
Most had received an e-mail from Shuler telling them that he did not back out of the debate and had, in fact, offered us several dates. The e-mail said we refused to work in good faith with his staff to find an acceptable one.
That e-mail misrepresents our role and I feel compelled to share a more complete account of the negotiations involved in trying to arrange a debate between Charles Taylor, R-Brevard, and Shuler, his Democratic challenger for the 11th District seat in the U.S. Congress. Continue reading