Editor, Times-Union:
I am very disappointed that Curt Nisly has refused to debate.  On paper he has been very vocal about wanting me to defend my qualifications and insisting that I explain my votes. I welcomed the opportunity to do so in person on April 16 and to further allow the voters of District 22 the opportunity to ask questions and address their concerns to both of us in person. Yet despite all this, Mr Nisly has recently decided to back out.
Every comment Mr. Nisly has made or will make has been carefully crafted by his campaign chairman, Ms. Galloway, including his refusal to debate statement. Her response was that the venue would not work and that suddenly “issues” with the venue or that his schedule will not allow for something as important as a debate is code that she doesn’t want him debating because she can’t control what he is saying. I have made it clear and continue to do so that I am available on the following dates:  April 28, 29, 30, May 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, between the hours of 6 a.m. and midnight. The voters of District 22 deserve to hear what we as candidates have to say in person, not through planned and vetted statements.
Why you ask? Because the voters deserve answers from you on the following questions:
Why did you take $15,000 from the unions? Right to Work is the most significant piece of legislation that has passed in Indiana. I co-sponsored the bill and was there for the walk out by the Democrats because of it. Unions don’t want a candidate that will stand up to them and fight back as I did. No, by such a donation it is clear they want you, Mr. Nisly.
Why, Mr. Nisly, do you attack me for my support of children’s safety? Describing these efforts as “snack and nap police” trivializes the deaths of 33 children in Indiana childcare facilities.  
What were you thinking when you demanded “Peacefully grant the State of Indiana to withdraw from the United States of American and create its own new government?” Why have you not denounced the endorsement of the Gun Owners of America, a group the NRA has distanced themselves from, who support the ugliness of bigotry? Why have you not denounced the endorsement of Sheriff Rogers of Elkhart who stood with Cliven Bundy and his racial remarks? You are judged by the company you keep.
You have the opportunity to answer all of these questions if your handlers would let you. You cannot explain away the hypocrisy of demanding I answer your questions, yet refuse to answer these. I am willing to answer them, are you?
The real community leaders of District 22 agree that this campaigning has been mean-spirited and despicable. It is not “just politics,” Mr. Nisly. I lay this squarely on the shoulders of your handlers and you. District 22 is a Christian and loving community.  I look forward to returning to that place on May 6.
Rebecca Kubacki
Syracuse, via email