Lack of election debates between California candidates is bad for democracy, voters
By The Southern California News Group Editorial Board
September 14, 2022
California is the largest state by population in the United States.
It boasts one of the most powerful economies in the world.
Is it too much to ask for candidates seeking statewide office to debate their challengers ahead of the upcoming elections?
Likewise, in the state controller’s race, Republican Lanhee Chen has called for a debate with Democrat Malia Cohen. “Perhaps she is more concerned about catering to Sacramento insiders than answering questions from California voters?” wondered Chen on Twitter about her refusal to debate.
In response to Chen’s calls for a debate, Cohen has preferred to bizarrely focus on abortion rights.
Malia Cohen’s non-sequitur of response just shows she is your standard issue partisan, precisely the wrong profile for a fiscal watchdog position. It’s no wonder she doesn’t want to debate. Californians deserve better from candidates running for statewide office.