Or rather, the debate over the MassVOTE forums. (Which, it should be noted, are different from debates in not being as extensive.)
The Boston Herald reports :
A Boston-based voting rights group credited with boosting minority turnout in the Hub said yesterday it felt â€œsnubbedâ€ by Mayor Thomas M. Meninoâ€™s decision to brush off its invitation for three mayoral forums.
â€œI feel like we were snubbed. The communities theyâ€™re snubbing are those that are typically underrepresented,â€ said Cheryl Crawford, policy director for nonpartisan MassVOTE, which is spearheading three mayoral forums slated for Sept. 3 and 17 and Oct. 27.
â€œHeâ€™s missing a great opportunity to connect with the people. We wonâ€™t be dissuaded,â€ Crawford added.
Menino backed off  some of the comments made by his debate manager earlier this week, but stood firm on attending three debates: two before the September 22 preliminary election and another before the November final election.