Lamont refuses debate, but Glassman is eager

Is Mary Glassman working from the same script as her running mate, Ned Lamont?

Glassman, the Democratic challenger for lieutenant governor, proposed a four-way debate during a radio appearance yesterday on WTIC with former Gov. John G. Rowland, suggesting that she and Lamont face off with Dan Malloy and his running mate, Nancy Wyman.

One problem: Lamont recently said he would not show up for a televised debate scheduled by The Day of New London and WTNH for July 27.

Needless to say, Malloy and Wyman were quick to gleefully applaud Glassman’s initiative.

“We accept! We think it’s a great idea,” responded Malloy-Wyman. “In fact, how about July 27th in New London?  If that doesn’t work, we’ll let you pick the date and location.”

Lamont’s spokeswoman, Justine Sessions, did not return calls for comment. Neither did Glassman, but her campaign, Chebon Marshall, manager issued a statement.

“Dan and Nancy’s statement isn’t only ridiculous, it is hypocritical. In a conversational exchange with ex-Governor Rowland, Mary talked about her repeated challenges to Nancy Wyman for a debate. After two months in the race, Nancy hasn’t once debated Mary and even dodged a chance last night in Norwalk. It’s a shame that Nancy isn’t able to debate without her running mate at her side.”