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Ross Says No Time for Four Election Debates

Challenger Paul Heroux says by not participating in four debates, state Rep. George Ross is denying the voters their right to learn more about his record and the differences between the two candidates.

Republican state Rep. George Ross said Monday that commitments for his job as a full-time legislator prevent him from having the time to participate in four debates against Democratic challenger Paul Heroux. On the night of  last Thursday, Heroux challenged the freshman legislator to a general debate and three topic-based duels on crime policy, economic policy and values.

Ross responded that one debate prior to the Nov. 6 election was enough.

"While I appreciated my opponent's idea of a multitude of debates, the fact of the matter is that I am a full-time legislator," Ross said. "Two years ago, to serve day in and day out, and that's what I've done and what I will continue to do."

The legislative session finished at the end of July, but Ross said he still frequently travels to Boston for meetings and to work on various matters for his job.

"While my opponent has to the time to launch baseless attacks against me, I am going to use my time to focus on jobs, the economy and the residents of Attleboro," Ross said. "I do plan to engage my opponent in one debate, at which time I will talk about my successes as a freshman legislator and my plans going forward."

Ross accused Heroux of being a hypocrite because he issued a press release Monday that was critical of the incumbent for not agreeing to participate in four debates, while the challenger had no debate with his Democratic primary opponent Stephen Kane.

Heroux wrote in the release that he wanted to debate Kane, but it did not happen because of logistical reasons. Also in the release, Heroux wrote that by not agreeing to participate in four debates, Ross was denying the voters access to valuable information.

"Ross campaigned [in 2010] on bringing jobs to Attleboro," Heroux wrote. "The voters ought to know how successful he was, what he has done, and how the candidates differ on approaches they would take on Beacon Hill to revive our local economy."

Heroux questioned Ross' competency as a legislator and wrote that the incumbent's website features "a paltry amount of information on where he stands on the issues." 

"Rep. Ross seems to be showing that he is hoping to get reelected on the notion that he is a nice guy and everyone's jolly friend," Heroux said. "Unfortunately, this is not a popularity contest. Being a state rep isn't about the rep, it is about the people, their needs and the issues. Important issues need to be addressed and there is real and important work to be done."

Joe Lazzerini September 15, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Richard, If the republicans are so great at being business friendly then why is the Republican Controlled city of Attleboro (Mayor/City Council) a horrible place to do business in. No one wants to open up here and they keep leaving. Taxes are so damn expensive in this city for a business to open up in and there is so much red tape. We need to eliminate the red tape and make it easier for people to locate their companies here not make it harder. So your REPUBLICAN friends seem to be the problem in our local community not the Democrats. So before you go ahead and say that Democrats are not friendly to businesses then you sir should get your facts straight - you little liar you.
Gretchen Robinson September 15, 2012 at 07:06 AM
that tax and spend argument is so tired. Find something new to say. So is the argument to vote Republican because Democrats have majority rule. When Republicans put forward good candidates, they will be voted in. Third, Mr. Heroux represents a new generation of candidate so don't paint him, automatically, according to your old slogans. Find out what he represents. You may like what you see. Have you critics here even talked to him?
deb of see-attleboro September 15, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Paul Heroux: I agree with most of your very heartfelt letter to the Sun Chronicle. But it leaves me perplexed. You wrote: "And neither Obama nor Romney could have prevented this recent attack." Do you really mean this?
Richard W. Lunt September 15, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Joe, Nice to hear from you; however, maybe you should get your facts straight, here in Attleboro, we have a dual tax rate as you know and the tax rate for business is lower than the residential tax rate, just saying... Just look at the downtown, we have a few new resturaunts and shops, business is picking up thanks to Mayor Kevin Dumas, and the City Council. Gretchen, the Democrats spend money and raise taxes and nothing new will change with the Democratic party. Republicans and those Independents who are conservative have the best ideas on how to turn the economy into a thriving economy. The Democrats have that same old spread the wealth aound mantra by taxing the rich, who are by the way the job creators, not the way I want America to move forward. Vote Conservative.
Richard W. Lunt September 15, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Gretchen, You won't see me voting Democrat because I'm a lifelong conservative Republican and I plan to stay that way.

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