Cheney Refuses Greene’s Debate Challenge in Wyoming Congressional Race
Republican Liz Cheney will not participate in five one-on-one debates proposed by democratic challenger Ryan Greene, according to a release from Greene's campaign.
"The voters deserve the opportunity to hear from their candidates," Greene says of the race for Wyoming's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. "I think she's depriving the voters of that."
Greene challenged Cheney to the debates in mid-August, intending to hold debates on Sept. 14 and 21, Oct. 5 and 19, and Nov. 2 in Casper, Jackson, Rock Springs and locations not yet determined in the northeastern and southeastern corners of the state.
After Greene's proposal went unanswered, according to the Greene campaign, he made the challenge public on Aug. 24. That day, the Greene campaign says Wyoming GOP Chair Matt Micheli called Greene to say he would be negotiating on Cheney's behalf.
Greene says after three weeks of phone calls and email requests, Micheli called on Thursday to say Cheney would not be participating in the one-on-one debates.
Cheney and Greene will both participate in the Oct. 20 debate at Casper College.
"I believe that she doesn't want my name recognition, doesn't want my issues to get out there," Greene said in a phone interview Friday. "And really, quite frankly, wants to skate by through this election."
"This is the voice of the people. It's called the people's house, the U.S. House of Representatives," Greene says. "I think she's shutting the door on the people."
Neither Micheli nor the Cheney campaign immediately returned phone calls seeking comment Friday. We will update this story if that changes.