Katie Britt and Mo Brooks said this week they would participate in a Senate debate hosted by the Alabama Republican Party that would be televised statewide.
So far, however, Mike Durant hasn’t said if he’ll participate and his opponents are calling him.
Related: Katie Britt Sees ‘Fraud’ in Trump’s Election Defeat, Vows to Work for Alabama if Elected to Senate
Related: Mo Brooks wants to ‘fire’ Mitch McConnell and calls on his rivals to join him
Related: Durant favored gun control in 2011 speech, now says comment is ‘mischaracterised’
“Mike Durant has the chops of a snail when it comes to public policy,” Brooks, the Huntsville congressman, said at a campaign town hall this week in Huntsville.
Later at the same meeting, Brooks said, “I think Mike Durant would be beaten in a debate if someone asked him a tough question. He would be like a deer in the headlights.
Durant, the Huntsville business leader and former army airman who was shot and taken prisoner in Somalia in 1993, was the leader last month in an independent Senate poll with 33% support while Britt was at 23% and Brooks at 12%. But 26% of those who took part in the poll described themselves as undecided – leaving a pool of voters who could tip the race in any direction.
No candidate is also close to winning more than 50% of the vote, which would result in a runoff on June 21 between the first two voters.
Speaking to the Hartselle Rotary Club on Tuesday, Britt — former president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama — said a reluctance to debate reflects a candidate’s work ethic and lack of interest in people. voters.
“I’m going to win your vote,” Britt said. “I believe I have to earn it and I believe you are worth working for. But if they’re going to work for you now, you better believe they won’t be working for you when they get (to Washington).
Britt singled out Durant with the comment, saying she and Brooks attended six Senate forums together during the campaign, while Durant only attended one. The Britt campaign said the only forum Durant attended was five months ago in November.
“We’ve done Senate forum after Senate forum,” Britt said. “And I have to give it to Congressman Brooks. He’s been to all of them with me. The other candidate (Durant) came to one and then didn’t make the final five.
The Britt campaign also said a Senate forum in Baldwin County this week was canceled because Durant would not attend.
The Durant campaign did not respond to a request for comment this week about its candidates’ participation in a debate.
“No one works harder in this race than me,” Britt said. “And that’s because I believe the people of Alabama are worth it. I think if you have candidates who don’t want to go out, who don’t want to meet people who don’t want to travel around the state, listen to people and learn about our challenges and opportunities, they’re not going to do once they are elected. And so being able to stand on stage with other candidates and allow the people of Alabama to hear our plans, to hear our vision, to hear our passion, I think is important. Or lack of it, because I don’t think all the candidates did.