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Spurning debate offers, Geoff Diehl only agreed to forums on conservative radio. His campaign says that’s his strategy.

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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.

Continue reading at the Boston Globe.

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