ITHACA, N.Y. — Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano called on Rep. Tom Reed to debate at a campaign event at DeWitt Park in the CIty of Ithaca on Monday evening.

A dozen or so supporters gathered in the park to hear Mitrano stump about the debates she has proposed and what her priorities would be in congress  Mitrano has challenged Rep. Reed, who is seeking his sixth term in Congress, to debates in every media market in NY-23.

“For the people who are undecided, may I speak to you? Why would you elect someone who can’t even, in a democracy, debate their opponent? Why can’t you stand up, ten years you’ve been in office, I’d be so proud to be in your shoes and talk about my record — how I got affordable health care, how I helped educational loans, how I did something about the environment and how I got the people, the schools, the jobs, the investment in the internet. That’s what we’re talking about.”

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The Reed campaign is yet to agree to any of the five debates proposed by Mitrano’s campaign, consistently citing Reed’s record on holding town halls and the fact that elections for higher office don’t hold five debates.

“To suggest that the congressional race warrants more debates than even the race for President shows that Tracy is a grand-stander looking only for public attention to pacify her own ego,” said Matt Coker, senior advisor to the Reed campaign. “Tom is focused on results and has a strong record of accessibility and approachability. During these unprecedented times, Tom is protecting the interests of New Yorkers while continuing to remain accessible as evident by having held over 270 town halls. In time, voters will see they can’t trust radical liberal Tracy Mitrano.”

Mitrano is challenging incumbent Republican Reed for the second time, after failing to unseat the former mayor of Corning in 2018. They debated twice in the lead up to that election. Mitrano was ultimately defeated 55.2 percent to 45.8 percent in the general election.

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