LEWISTON — The campaigns of the leading candidates in Maine's U.S. Senate race continued Wednesday to snipe at each other over who was attending which debates and who was dodging voters.
Just hours before they were to take the stage in Bangor for another debate, the campaign of Republican candidate Charlie Summers chastised independent candidate Angus King for not participating in another debate earlier in the day.
A news release issued by Drew Brandewie, Summers' campaign spokesman, charged that former Gov. King "skipped" a debate hosted by the Maine Motor Transport Association in Augusta.
Brandewie said he was noting King's absence because King's campaign had noted the same when Maine Secretary of State Summers was unable to attend a public event.
"King’s campaign even put out a press release insinuating that, despite doing more than five debates, three town halls, three tele-town halls and numerous rallies across the state, Charlie is afraid to face voters," Brandewie said.
But King campaign manager Crystal Canney said there was a distinct difference in the debates Summers missed and the one missed Wednesday morning by King.