Jessica Morse Statement on Tom McClintock Rejecting
Tahoe Debate


Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Yesterday afternoon, Congressman Tom McClintock officially pulled out of a debate he committed to with Jessica Morse, his Democratic challenger in the 4th Congressional District race. The event was to be held in Lake Tahoe and hosted by the Sierra Business Council and North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, and would've been one of only two debates McClintock has agreed to; a non-televised debate in Mariposa County is scheduled for later this month. In response, Morse released the following statement:

"Clearly Tom McClintock is not the champion of small business that he claims since he refuses to participate in a debate hosted by the Sierra Business Council and North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.  

"Tom McClintock's refusal to take part in this debate does a great disservice to the community that he purports to represent. Our campaign invited the Congressman to participate in at least four debates in communities across the district. and in the past few months alone, he has avoided numerous face-to-face meetings with constituents and attempted to call a speaking engagement with disgraced White House spokesman Sean Spicer a debate – all to dodge answering tough questions about his own record. This is not the democratic tradition of dialogue and transparency that our community deserves.

"As a fifth-generation Northern Californian who is running for Congress to be the advocate and partner our district greatly needs, I welcome the opportunity to share my vision with voters. They deserve to see both of their candidates for Congress side by side to discuss their plans to protect pre-existing coverage in healthcare plans, bring good-paying jobs to the region, and stand up to special interests in Washington. It's not about partisan ideology – it's about rolling up our sleeves and getting to work for the people of this community."