Letter written this week by Republican congressional candidate Ann Brickley to Mark Zydanowicz, who is aiming to grab the 1st District nomination in an August 10 primary:
As I mentioned this morning, when I travel throughout Connecticut’s First Congressional District, I am often asked when the two of us will engage in a debate. I am sure you have entertained similarquestions during your visits to local communities. With a little more than a month remaining beforethe August 10th Primary Election, I think we owe it to the Republican voters of the First District, as well as all of the residents of the District, to hold at least one substantive debate that focuses on ourviews on the key issues faced by Connecticut and throughout the nation.
We as a nation face many serious challenges that require real leadership to find thoughtful and effective solutions. As candidates for the Republican nomination for Congress, we should bediscussing such vitally important issues as how to improve the economy and promote job growth, how to balance our deficit-ridden budget, and our ideas about enacting meaningful health carereform that expands people’s access to health care without placing an unfair burden on our children and grandchildren.
As Republicans, you and I share many core values, but I believe there are some significant differences between our two backgrounds and our views on key issues. Unfortunately, the Republican candidates for this District have historically been viewed as underdogs with little chance to actually be elected to office and often receive little coverage by the media. This situation makes itmore challenging for voters to become aware of candidates’ views and backgrounds.
It is for these reasons that I hope you will agree to join me at least one debate prior to the August10th primary. We have been in contact with the Connecticut League of Women Voters and theLeague has expressed an interest in asking some of the local chapters in the First District to hold at least one debate and possibly more. It is time to provide the voters with the opportunity to hear ourviewpoints and ideas and explain why this year they really do have a choice in the election for theFirst Congressional District. It is up to us to show them why they should make history and supportthe Republican candidate to represent the people’s interests in Washington.