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As Trivedi Prepares to Debate this Sunday, Gerlach Continues to Turn Debates Down

As Trivedi Prepares to Debate this Sunday, Gerlach Continues to Turn Debates Down

Unable to Defend His Out-of-Touch Record, Washington Insider Gerlach Refuses Call for 6 Debates

ELVERSON, Pa. – This Sunday, Congressman Jim Gerlach is finally coming face-to-face with Manan Trivedi, the people of the 6th District, and the press to talk about his time cow-towing to Washington special interests instead of serving his constituents. Unfortunately, this will be one of only two opportunities to see the two debate. Manan Trivedi called for six debates for the sixth district, knowing that the people of the district deserve the opportunity to see their congressman answer their questions. It has been 25 days since that call for more debates, and Congressman Gerlach has ignored that call and rejected a total of four debates, including all debates in Berks County.

Congressman Gerlach was invited to debate Manan Trivedi by WHYY Radio, the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, WFMZ of Berks County, and jointly by the League of Women Voters of Berks County and Berks Community Television. He rejected each and every one.

“Some of Congressman Gerlach’s constituents may be asking themselves, why is my congressman avoiding me and his opponent?” said Trivedi. “Unfortunately, the reason is pretty obvious. Again and again he has sided with his buddies down in Washington over the people of this district. He knows that if the voters have the chance to compare what I stand for versus what he’s done, or failed to do, in Washington, that he’ll lose his cushy Washington job.

“I know the congressman is finally back from Washington — what I don’t know is where he’s hiding.”

Congressman Gerlach is shortchanging the voters while in practically every other race in Pennsylvania the candidates are debating frequently. The Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates have attended or scheduled a total of three debates. The congressional race in Pennsylvania’s 7th District will feature at least four debates. The people of Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District will get to see a total of five debates between the current and former congressmen. Yet Congressman Gerlach has only agreed to share a stage with Trivedi twice — this Sunday and Tuesday.

Further, while Berks County makes up one third of the district, Congressman Gerlach refuses to give the people of Berks, Trivedi’s home community, the same opportunity to ask questions of their congressman as the rest of the district. Berks County has been without a representative in Congress for over 20 years, since Congressman Gus Yatron retired from Congress back in 1993.

Debate Details:

Sunday, October 10th at 1:30 PM
Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Chester County
West Whiteland Township Building
101 Commerce Dr, Exton, PA

Tuesday, October 12th at 7:30 PM
Hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Main Line Reform Temple
410 Montgomery Avenue, Wynnewood, PA

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