Mark Connolly Backs Out Of Gubernatorial Debate, Cites Labor Dispute

Aug 30, 2016

Mark Connolly
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Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Mark Connolly says he won’t participate in an upcoming debate on WMUR-TV because of an ongoing labor dispute.

In a statement released this afternoon, Mark Connolly cited the dispute between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1228 and WMUR, saying that without an agreement in place, he would not participate. He called on his Democratic opponents to do the same.

In a written statement, Colin Van Ostern’s campaign manager Pat Devney says they hope progress will be made toward an agreement soon and that they will monitor the negotiations.

Steve Marchand’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

A similar situation occurred during the presidential primary, when Sen. Bernie Sanders threatened to back out over another labor dispute at the station. In that case, the Democratic National Committee ultimately removed WMUR from the debate.

The Democratic gubernatorial debate is scheduled for September 6th.