SAN DIEGO -- Incumbent Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (D) sunk rapidly into personal attacks and name-calling yesterday as he dodges media requests for a debate, but four years ago Newsom, then the challenger, took a very different approach.
In 2010, as the challenger to then-Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado (R), Newsom engaged in a total of three debates: one televised and two on radio.
"Four years ago, as the incumbent, Lt. Governor Maldonado could have taken the Gavin Newsom approach to debates and refused them all, instead resorting to juvenile personal attacks as Newsom is today. But, Lt. Gov. Maldonado put the interests of democracy first and engaged his challenger in three lively debates that provided voters with an idea as to each man's qualifications and record. Voters deserve that same opportunity today," said Republican Lt. Governor nominee Ron Nehring.
Newsom, then the Mayor of San Francisco challenging Maldonado for the post he ultimately won, agreed in 2010 to three debates: On September 28, 2010 on KQED radio in San Francisco, on October 7, 2010 in Sunnyvale at the headquarters of NextApp, and on October 15, 2010 on KPCC radio in Southern California.