The Adirondack Chamber of Commerce has invited Green Party congressional candidate Don Hassig to the Sept. 25 debate it is hosting in Glens Falls, according to Mary Ellen Zebrowski, the executive assistant to the group's CEO.
Ms. Zebrowski said that CEO Peter Aust invited Mr. Hassig a few weeks ago, but Mr. Hassig has yet to RSVP. I've also asked Mr. Hassig via email, and I'll update if he responds.
The major-party candidates are Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, and Republican Matt Doheny of Watertown.
When I asked the candidates over the weekend whether they'd welcome Mr. Hassig's participation in a debate, I got more or less the following responses: No objection (Owens) and Heck yes (Doheny).
Mr. Doheny's campaign views any vote for Mr. Hassig to be a vote that would have otherwise gone to Mr. Owens, so they're keen to highlight his presence in the race.
Mr. Hassig managed to find his way on the ballot, but hasn't yet convinced everyone that he's serious, even for a third-party candidate with no chance of winning.
The Sept. 25 debate might be the only one he's able to attend. On Oct. 7, he's leaving for the western United States to talk about the environment, and then in mid-October he's leaving the country to help his brother retrieve camping (that's camping, not campaign) gear from Saskatchewan, Canada.
Assuming he's allowed into the country — not a sure bet — he won't be back until after the Nov. 6 election.