Jillian Bernas, the Schaumburg Republican vying for the seat held by Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg), said unfortunately the behavior among incumbents to deny their opponents a debate is typical.
Bernas, who garnered 44.7 percent of the vote in her 2016 race against Mussman, told the North Cook News that Mussman has also refused to publicly debate before the upcoming March primary just as Gov. Bruce Rauner as denied his opponent, Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), the chance to face him before voters cast their ballots.
“It appears that incumbents avoid debating their challengers in an effort to discredit them as not legitimate opposition when it really has the opposite effect and makes them look rather incompetent especially when they try to brush it off and come unprepared for a substantial debate,” Bernas said, “Michelle Mussman will not debate me unless she absolutely has to at the newspaper endorsement sessions like Gov. Rauner.”
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