THE DEBATE ABOUT DEBATE-GATE

The report in yesterday’s The Hanging Shad about a quick radio exchange between Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Mary Glassman and guest host John Rowland set off a day-long firestorm between the rival tickets for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Glassman was trying to make a case for debates between her and Nancy Wyman, her counterpart in the contest. Rowland was hammering Glassman’s running mate, Ned Lamont for ducking out of a debate with Dan Malloy in New London after the two camps agreed on format, speaking order and even invitations. Glassman, at the end of the conversation, suggested a 4-way appearance; Malloy/Wyman and Lamont/Glassman.

Malloy/Wyman immediately accepted. Lamont/Glassman responded that their opponents were being “hypocritical” because they wouldn’t commit to Glassman v. Wyman forums. Where’s my scorecard?

The bigger point is that debate is a positive for political discourse and helps to inform the voters. Lamont’s claim that they’ve already held many joint appearances and wants to spend the days leading up the primary talking directly to voters is lamer than lame. Glassman’s reasoning that voters should see the contrast between her and Wyman is on point, especially given what we ended up with when John Rowland went to The Joint.