U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, has agreed to his opponent’s request for a debate before the Nov. 6 election.
His Democratic opponent, George Badey, formally asked Meehan to debate him in a letter Tuesday morning. Badey is a lawyer and chairman of the Radnor Democratic Committee.
John Elizandro, Meehan’s spokesman, said Tuesday afternoon that his boss will be joining Badey for a previously scheduled discussion on “NBC 10 @Issue” later this month. Elizandro said Meehan, a former U.S. Attorney and Delaware County district attorney, will also join Badey to a debate.
“We’re happy to learn that Congressman Meehan has finally agreed to debate George Badey, although it’s ridiculous that it took media pressure to finally get him to agree to do it,” said Patrick McGarrity, campaign manager for Badey. “However, one debate is truly the bare minimum – we’re ready to do more and the congressman should commit to more. The voters deserve it.”
McGarrity said it’s important for the congressman to work out specifics of the debate with the Badey campaign soon.