After refusing to drop out of the race, Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett has challenged Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw to a public debate.
The Louisville businessman has asked for a one hour debate that would be moderated by 84 WHAS radio personality Mandy Connell next Thursday.
“It may not come down to issues as much as credibility,” says David Adams, Moffett’s campaign manager, adding that he’s waiting on a response.
However, Holsclaw tells WFPL she isn’t interested in debating Moffett because he isn’t a real GOP candidate.
“I’m aware of his challenge, but I will not be accepting,” she says. “We’re looking to run against a Republican and Mr. Moffett is not one. We debate Republicans and we don’t consider him someone we want to debate.”
Last week, she told the media that Moffett signed a campaign petition for a Libertarian candidate and raised the possibility of a legal challenge if the Tea Party-backed candidate were to win the GOP nomination.
The two have traded jabs recently, with Holsclaw’s campaign saying the Louisville businessman’s candidacy is “imaginary” and that the Tea Party won’t have any impact in the primary.
Holsclaw went on to say that only three candidates—herself, Republican state Senate President David Williams and Democratic Governor Steve Beshear—are in the race.