GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Congressional Candidate Diane Mitsch is the latest candidate to forgo participating in the Club 20 debate this election cycle.
Club 20 representatives confirmed that Mitsch Bush, who is running to represent Colorado’s third congressional district, has declined an invite to take part in the debate. The Executive Director of Club 20, Christian Reece, says Mitch Bush cited Covid related health and safety concerns to decline the invite.
Club 20 released a statement:
Club 20 has gone to many lengths to ensure that our event follows CDC guidelines, will be conducted in the safest manner humanly possible, will have no audience, and will be livestreamed for free for the public. Mesa County has one of the lowest COVID-19 positivity counts in the state, currently at 371 cases and 5 deaths while Pueblo County has 770 cases and 34 deaths (according tohttps://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-data). If the Mitsch Bush campaign is genuinely concerned about participating in events that “limit exposure and potential risk”, then they should come to the Club 20 debate in Grand Junction. The only distinction that we can discern between the two events is not potential COVID exposure, but the cross examination portion of our debate. The cross examination portion is what makes our debate an actual debate, rather than a fireside chat with Q & A.
KREX 5 reached out to Diane Mitsch Bush for comment, but is yet to receive a response.