Nunnelee response to debate critics

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – In response to his opponents’ attacks for declining debate invitations, incumbent congressional candidate Alan Nunnelee said voters understand him well enough already.

“I’m a known entity,” he told the Daily Journal during a one-hour editorial board meeting this morning.

Nunnelee, the 1st District freshman congressman from Tupelo, said his schedule has been booked for months and doesn’t allow time for a March 6 debate organized by the Tupelo Tea Party. He also can’t attend tonight’s candidates forum sponsored by the Lee County Republican Party.

That forum starts at 6 p.m. at the Gloster Creek Village Food Court.

GOP challengers Henry Ross of Eupora and Robert Estes of Southaven will attend both events.

“Forums are designed to allow citizens to get information, and I think I’ve been more accessible than any congressman in modern history,” Nunnelee said. “I’ve had 21 different town hall meetings in the first year in office. We’ve met with thousands of people around north Mississippi. I’ve been in and around the community whether it’s civic clubs, ball games, the grocery store, church.”

Tupelo Tea Party spokesman Grant Sowell accused Nunnelee of avoiding voters and the potentially tough questions they’ll ask. Ross also called the move politically unwise.

Read the full story in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.