Orswell Calls Chu Out For Debate No-Shows

Jack Orswell released an open letter challenging Rep. Judy Chu, D-El Monte, to a debate.

The race for the newly-created 27th Congressional District, which encompasses Arcadia and 15 other Foothill cities from Pasadena to Upland, has officially heated up.

, D-El Monte, has repeatedly failed to show up at campaign events and dodged several debate invitations, sending representatives in her stead. 

Orswell's campaign recently released this open letter challenging Chu to face off with him in a debate:

"Last week, for the seventh time during the campaign, Rep. Judy Chu refused a request from her constituents to debate the issues so that they can make an informed vote on November 6th...

Our nation is at an important crossroads: never before have we faced such crushing levels of national debt and high-unemployment, fueled by self-serving career politicians, unions and special-interest groups. Accordingly, it is crucial that voters have all the information and facts that they need to cast an informed vote. Debates and open discussions are essential mechanisms to ensure that the electorate can vote and ensure that our way of life is preserved."

For her part, Chu's campaign said the Congresswoman has "a very active" campaign.

"She has had 'meet-and-greets' throughout the cities of the district, such as Arcadia, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Claremont, and Monrovia," Chu spokeswoman Amelia Wang said via e-mail. "She has attended endorsement meetings, and received the endorsements of such groups as the Los Angeles County Peace Officers Association, the Sierra Club, the National Organization for Women, the California Teachers Association and the Armenian National Committee."

"Though she had conflicts in her schedule during certain debates, at which time she was scheduled to be in Washington DC, she sent surrogates to represent her views. Congressmember Judy Chu is truly looking forward to representing the 27th Congressional District."

Would you like to see Orswell and Chu face off, debate-style? Tell us in the comments. 


LocalGuy October 24, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I really do want to see what they both have to say about the issues and I think they should do it at KPCC's Crawford family forum because then they could put it on the radio for other people to hear. And @Branprop I agree with you that Rep. Chu's statement was unclear on why she shouldn't debate Jack Orswell.
R. Ray Morford October 25, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Chu is so smug she thinks she has a lock on the election. She is a train wreck, just like the Obama Administration. WE THE PEOPLE deserve better.
Chris October 31, 2012 at 09:37 PM
She's not only refused to debate Jack Orswell, but has also failed to attend multiple candidate forums to give voters a chance to make an informed decision on Election Day. Rep. Judy Chu is an entrenched incumbent that needs to go.
Joe Lee November 06, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Judy Chu and her husband are total fraud. She has done nothing for her district and it upsets me that she refuses to attend any open forum or debates. It is time for her to go. J. Lee
david heimark November 06, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Agreed. Chu sucks and is typical of todays garden variety "local" politician. Tell me/ show me something she's done besides attend the usual garden variety ribbon cutting, that warrants her inane "leadership" on behalf of you and I. Heavy Duty Judy, not.


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