U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks (6th District) gets a knock here from the Wall Street Journal for campaign debate-evasion.
This isn’t a new, startling or scandalous phenomenon – though Dicks certainly shouldn’t be invoking spurious legislative obligations, if the WSJ has it right.
Sitting-pretty incumbents are never eager to roll the dice by sharing a forum with their challengers. What’s in it for them? They’ve got little to gain, and challengers trying to close the gap have little to lose. And if they get shut out, they’ve got the “Why is my opponent afraid to debate me?” line.
Same thing’s going on in the 8th District Dave Reichert vs. Suzan DelBene race – in that case with a Republican incumbent and a Democratic challenger.