State Sen. Tom Colapietro, a Bristol Democrat, said that he's willing to debate Republican challenger Jason Welch as long as a fair, bipartisan sponsor can be found and ground rules worked out.
He said that he's upset that Welch has insinuated he is running a negative campaign -- pointing to a commercial where mud is slung at Welch signs -- when he insists he hasn't so much as mentioned Welch's name.
“He insinuated that I am throwing mud. That’s mudslinging. That’s dirty campaigning. I have nothing to do with mudslinging,” Colapietro said.
He said he's not convinced Welch has his own agenda.
"I think he’s an android. I think they made him,” Colapietro said.
Colapietro said that he doesn't know anything about the source of an anonymous YouTube video lashing Welch. But, he said, he agrees with it 100 percent. He also said it was fair and not an example of mudslinging.
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