PECKINPAUGH CAMPAIGN REVERSES COURSE, WILL ALLOW RECORDING OF DEBATE WITH MILLER IN SPECIAL HOUSE ELECTION RACE

Reporting this Monday morning from Boston:

The campaign of Democratic state House of Representatives candidate Phil Miller couldn’t figure it out: Why would a former TV news anchor object to any recording of a debate with Miller in the special election for the 36th state House District? It seemed the camera loved Republican Janet Peckinpaugh for years, but now the feeling was no longer mutual.

In a series of back and forth e-mails, Peckinpaugh campaign manager Adrienne Forest insisted that no recording of the event (Blackberry, smart phone, video camera or any other device) would be permitted except for a camera from the Essex library where the event would be held.

However, after a call from the Hanging Shad asking about the restrictions, Forest reversed course. “We’ve backed off that,” she said. “My original goal was to keep it simple and it just sort of escalated. I got frustrated. Recording the event is fine with us.” Forest said her original concern stemmed from the use of a Blackberry by US Rep. Joe Courtney in a debate with Peckinpaugh during the 2010 2nd Congressional District race. Peckinpaugh won the Republican primary but lost to Courtney in the general election.

Miller’s campaign manager Lon Seidman says the Peckinpaugh campaign backing off their demand for a recording blackout of the debate was news to him. “They haven’t communicated that to us. Her final offer [still demanded the restrictions]. And [Peckinpaugh] was cc’ed on all of those emails.”

The February 22nd special election is to fill the seat of former state Rep. Jamie Spallone who took a position in the office of new state Secretary of State Denise Merrill.

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