Fletcher says NO to a debate

Governor Ernie Fletcher will not participate in a political forum that will put both Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates on the same stage.

The Fletcher camp said they never said they would be there. Campaign Manager, Marty Ryall, said the governor looks forward to debates but they've "got to do something other than debate."

Democratic candidates in their first televised debate on April 16, 2007, criticized Fletcher for his involvement in a hiring scandal.

A campaign spokesman said Republican candidate Anne Northup didn't participate in last night's forum. Barry Peel said Northup is preparing for a debate today in Paducah, Ky.