The Independence Party which had previously endorsed Michele Madigan for Finance Commissioner rented a room at the Racino for a debate between Madigan and her opponent in the upcoming Democratic primary, Patty Morrison. In order to establish fairness the Independence Party enlisted Chad Beatty, the publisher of Saratoga Today, to moderate the debate.
The debate was set to take place on June 13. The invitation to the candidates was issued on May 3
On May 10 Ms. Morrison emailed Eddy Miller, chairman of the Saratoga Chapter of the Independence Party, telling him she was “…unable to fit your invitation into my schedule.” She went on to say “Perhaps we can reconsider after the primary.”
I contacted Commissioner Madigan who responded with the following:
“I will always take the opportunity to discuss openly city issues and challenges in a debate format, and if other debates become available I will attend those too.”
Below is the correspondence between Eddy Miller and Patty Morrison
From: Eddy Miller
To: Patricia Marie Morrison
Sent: Fri, May 10, 2019 8:41 pm
Subject: Re: Follow-up
Please allow me to express my gratitude for responding to our invite. We honestly regret that you’re unable to adapt your busy schedule to meet our challenge & attend our event.
The meeting room at the Saratoga Casino Hotel has already been paid for! The press & the moderator will be present, and Commissioner Madigan has already accepted the challenge.
Therefore, the program will go on as planned. If by some chance your schedule eases up & allows you to attend the function, it would sure make things a lot more interesting.
Hope to see you there & if not, the Independence Party of Saratoga County wishes you “All the Best” in your upcoming primary.
From: Patricia Morrison
To: Eddy Miller
Sent: Fri, May 10, 2019 4:23 pm
Thank you so much for thinking of me. I’m not able to fit your invitation into my schedule. Perhaps we can reconsider after the primary.