A spokesperson for Congressman Nick Rahall (D-3rd District) told NewsChannel 3 the congressman will not appear at the WSAZ Town Hall Forum as planned for Saturday, November 4th. Rahall had committed weeks ago to debate Kim Wolfe, the Republican candidate.
"We gave Mr. Wolfe a chance to correct the record about accepting your debate. He didn't do this. And in light of his smear campaign against Congressman Rahall, we won't allow him to drag the good people of the 3rd congressional district into the gutter with him. Thank you for trying to have an open and honest forum. But those virtues seem above Mr. Wolfe's values," Tonya Allen said.
The trouble started Wednesday when Wolfe's campaign sent out a press release claiming that Rahall refused to debate him. Wolfe failed to mention that Rahall had agreed to the WSAZ forum the Saturday before the election. Rahall's people said they don't plan to appear at any other events with Wolfe because of his tactics.
Wolfe is still invited to answer questions from a panel during the WSAZ Town Hall Forum.