NEW YORK (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Friday she was withdrawing from a debate against Republican challenger Chele Farley because of a long-running labor dispute involving the cable TV stations that were set to air it.
Gillibrand, a Democrat running for re-election Nov. 6, said she would pull out of the Spectrum News debate planned for Sunday because of the strike by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 against Spectrum’s parent company, Charter Communications.
The debate was to take place at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs and was scheduled to air on NY1 in New York City and on other Spectrum stations in the state.
Farley said Gillibrand had “chickened out” of debating and suggested that Gillibrand is too busy laying the groundwork for a possible presidential run to attend to her re-election campaign.
Source: Gillibrand cancels debate over Charter Communications strike | The Seattle Times