After teaming up to challenge Lt. Gov. Jim Risch to a series of 10 debates, east Idaho veterinarian Rex Rammell and former U.S. Rep. Larry LaRocco are now stuck debating each other. Risch declined the offer, without thanks.
"Demanding lots of debates is a typical ploy by candidates who are doing very poorly with the voters," Risch spokesman/son Jason Risch said in a press release.
The LaRocco campaign expected no less an RSVP: "The point is that we're trying to give Idahoans a chance to contrast all of the candidates on the issues and if Risch doesn't want to be a part of that, there's other choices in this race," said LaRocco campaign manager Bob Stout.
So the Larry and Rex show will hit the road in October, most likely starting in Coeur d'Alene.
Stout said that ducking the debates—Risch will participate in KTVB's pre-recorded "debate"— is just the way he operates.
"Their campaign doesn't want to talk about the issues," Stout said.
Of course, there are more than three guys in the race. But Independent Pro-Life and Libertarian Kent Marmon are not invited to the LaRammell debates.
"We're concentrating on the major candidates in this race," Stout said.
Now that's democracy.