U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., whose contested Republican primary has attracted national attention, turned down a recent debate request, saying he didn’t want to share time or focus attention on his rival or his campaign.
The Republican Women of Pitt County in late February asked Jones and Frank Palombo, his opponent in the May 8 Republican primary, to participate in a debate. Jones’ staff said no.
“We were very disappointed, but we respected (his decision) at the same time,” said Judy Colbert, events chairwoman for the organization, which works to increase the effectiveness of women in government and promote political education and activity.
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