Providence, RI, August 23, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Statement from Congressman David Cicilline’s Democratic congressional opponent Matt Fecteau:
"Referencing August 20th’s Providence Journal article 'Candidates in 1st Congressional District air views in debate at Laurelmead,' despite the headline and content of the article, Congressman Cicilline and I did not debate.
"The executive Director of Laurelmead Cooperative, Craig Evans, acknowledged this throughout – we have video also – the event and all the candidates acknowledged this. This was not a debate, but a forum to express views. I also explained this to the author of the article too.
"To simplify things further, Merriam-Webster defines a debate as the following: 'a regulated discussion of a proposition between two matched sides.' This certainly did not occur as any time I attempted to engage Congressman Cicilline, we were told this was not a debate.
"If there is any question of whether this forum was considered a debate, please contact Laurelmead Cooperative and they will acknowledge a debate did not occur."
If you have any questions, please contact Emily McLaughlin at 401-225-0541, or MattforRI@gmail.com. Please see our website here: MattforRI.com.