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Glading Challenges Andrews to Six Debates in Three Counties

June 17, 2010

Dale Glading (Photo: Noah Addis/The Star Ledger)

Hoping Congressman Andrews is more willing to face his constituents in 2010 than he was in 2008, First Congressional District Republican Nominee Dale Glading (R-Barrington) hand-delivered an infinitely reasonable debate challenge to Rep. Rob Andrews’s Haddon Heights office on Tuesday.

“I’m inviting Rob Andrews to debate me six times — twice in each county included within the First District – between now and Election Day,”

said Glading.

“A representative can’t really represent his constituents unless he’s willing to stand before them and defend his record. Concerned taxpayers have a lot of questions in 2010, and Rob owes them honest answers.”


Glading is hopeful that Congressman Andrews will live by his own words. In 2008, Andrews mounted an unsuccessful primary challenge to U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg. When Lautenberg refused to debate, Andrews had nothing but harsh words of criticism for his opponent:


In a conference call today with reporters, U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews again accused U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg of hiding, and bewailed the incumbent’s decision to accept just two debates, despite Andrews’ repeated requests to debate seven times.

“Pathetic,” said the congressman.  “This is a job application.  We’re talking about issues of life and death and he is unwilling to engage the issues.  He’s hiding from them.”

Andrews said his own request for a minimum of seven primary debates is reasonable, but that Lautenberg has been “AWOL throughout the campaign.”

“He’s been dragged kicking and screaming into two debates,” added Andrews.  


(Source:, 5/8/08)


“In 2008, Rob stated that Lautenberg’s reluctance to engage in a series of seven debates was ‘disrespectful to voters,’”

added Glading.

“I’m only proposing six debates. By the Congressman’s own standard, to reject my debate proposal would be truly ‘pathetic.’”

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