Boston Globe, August 2022.
As he vies to be Massachusetts’ GOP gubernatorial nominee, Geoff Diehl refused to face his primary opponent, Chris Doughty, at a TV debate proposed by WCVB, WBUR, and the Globe. He reportedly declined a debate invitation on NECN, the regional cable news channel. And he rejected an offer to appear on GBH, prompting the public station to instead run a year-old interview with him.
“A first for us,” host Jim Braude said of Diehl’s debate declination, “with either party.”
Diehl instead has made what his campaign cast as a strategic decision: He committed to two debates — both on the conservative talk radio network WRKO and each hosted by a longtime Diehl supporter in Howie Carr and Jeff Kuhner.