Citing Hurricane Sandy, Scott Brown Pulls Out of Final Massachusetts Senate Debate With Elizabeth Warren
Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has pulled out of Tuesday’s Massachusetts Senate debate due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
Brown spokesman Colin Reed said that out of concern for the “hardship faced by people in the path of Hurricane Sandy,” Brown will no longer debate Democrat Elizabeth Warren in their fourth and final debate.
“It is simply not appropriate to go forward with a political debate when a disaster strikes,” Reed said in a statement. “The focus for all of us before, during and after the storm needs to be on emergency response and disaster relief, not campaigns and politics.”
The status of the debate had been in flux on Monday. WGBH spokeswoman Jeanne Hopkins told masslive.com on Monday afternoon that members of the Boston Media Consortium, a group of Boston area media outlets that are sponsoring the debate, spoke on Monday and decided to wait until Tuesday to make a final decision.
Brown told the Associated Press earlier in the day that if the debate is cancelled, he anticipates that it will be rescheduled.