LETTER: Smith should debate Painter

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Why won't Sen. Tina Smith debate Richard Painter? If she is confident in her policy positions, then she should have nothing to worry about.

That Senate seat is not hers; it belongs to the people of Minnesota. To earn that seat and actually get elected she needs to debate her opponents, not ignore them. We need a senator that has the courage to stand up to this corrupt administration, not one that also makes deals with Russian oligarchs — the PolyMet land-swap deal she orchestrated.

Minnesota has a history of courageous senators: McCarthy, Mondale, Wellstone and Franken, until he allegedly grabbed a couple of butts. They stood up for what they believed in and didn't simply go along with whatever their PACs or rich donors wanted.

So, I urge voters to demand that Tina Smith participates in DFL debates before the convention in mid-August.

Jim Mahrer

Cromwell