GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Following criticism from political opponents and editorial boards, Terri Lynn Land’s Senate campaign team has named a debate negotiator.
Attorney Richard McLellan is now expected to work with former Lt. Gov. John Cherry and WXYZ TV in Detroit in an effort to organize a debate.
“I’m encouraged that Ms. Land has heeded the call from respected leaders from both parties, editorials, and students to start working on coordinating debates so folks can hear from both candidates,” said Rep. Gary Peters. “I hope this means she will start working with MSU and the League of Women Voters immediately because they both have debate deadlines this week. Lt. Governor Cherry and I look forward to working with her team.”
According to the Land campaign, all parties involved will work together, possibly identifying a journalist from West Michigan to co-moderate the debate.
“Gary Peters will say anything to get elected,” said Heather Swift, Land campaign spokeswoman. “He’s a slick Washington congressman, so of course he wants this debate. Terri is ready to hold Peters accountable for his hypocrisy on everything from immigration and Wall Street to pet coke and the war on women. Gary Peters wanted this debate; let’s have it.”
Polling aggregator Real Clear Politics shows the race for U.S. Senate remains close, with Rep. Peters leading by five points.