Efforts to hold this debate have become an issue for the two Republican candidates. The Clifton Fine Economic Development Corporation, in southern St. Lawrence County, had offered to sponsor a debate later this month at the Wanakena Ranger School.
Matt Doheny from Watertown accepted the invitation. However, Kellie Greene from Sackets Harbor issued a press release late last week saying that she still hasn't received details about the event. Greene accused Doheny of trying to "dodge" debating her.
Doheny's campaign fired back with a statement he is "ready to debate" and accusing Greene of failing to offer alternatives to the event in St. Lawrence County. Doheny has drawn support from most Republican leaders in the 21st congressional district and has raised far more money. He lost narrowly to Owens two years ago.
The primary for House and Senate races in New York is scheduled for June 26.