The major Democratic candidates have held countless forums and three live TV debates. The Republicans? None.
Sure, former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory is the presumptive GOP nominee. And yes, his challengers are mounting low-budget, low-visibility campaigns. But at least one Republican rival is challenging McCrory to a debate.
Paul Wright, a former Superior Court judge, is positioning himself as the real conservative in the race. And he is worried conservatives are being neglected as McCrory focuses on a November matchup against the Democrats.
"What's good for Democrats is good for Republican voters," he said of debates. "I do think some of the positions that are dear to the conservatives won't even get heard without a debate."
Wright invited McCrory to a debate days ago but McCrory declined. No media organization has stepped forward to offer the debate. It's worth noting not all Democrats were included in the TV debates but some forums featured most of the candidates.
McCrory's campaign spokesman Brian Nick responded -- by focusing on November: "The three Democrats running for governor have been auditioning for the role of who is best to continue the failed policies of Governor Perdue. In contrast, Pat will continue to travel the state to discuss his successful record of working with Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, as well as his plan to fix our state's broken economy, broken government, and bring about the necessary reforms to our education system."