Holding a news conference in front of her general election opponent’s office, Grechen Shirley called on 13-term Republican U.S. Rep. Peter King to take part in five debates before Election Day.
Grechen Shirley maintains that King has taken more than $100,000 from donors in the health care industry while at the same time “taking away health care from 74,000 Americans in his district alone” by voting against the Affordable Health Care Act.
King dismissed the accusation, saying he runs on his record. “No one has done more for middle-income constituents,” he said through a spokeswoman.
“I’ve talked to families who have to choose whether to buy groceries or their prescription medication,” Grechen Shirley said at the news conference. “Last night’s decisive decision that was made here means that Long Island voters agree: Enough is enough. It’s time for real progressive leadership.” Grechen Shirley has maintained throughout the year that King refused to hold town hall meetings with constituents, claiming to her that they “diminish democracy.”