From the Shays press release:
In contrast to inaccurate statements by the Himes campaign, Congressman Christopher Shays’ Campaign Manager Michael Sohn today released the list of 10 debates to which Shays has already agreed this fall.Well, sure. Why not?
Hey, here's a thought...if you're going to agree to a debate, maybe you should tell the person you're supposed to debate! If you keep your agreement to debate a secret, nobody is going to show up. Especially not the candidate you're supposed to debate.
Funny how Shays supposedly agreed to all those debates, and yet none of the hosts have begun to organize the events. If THEY knew about Shays agreeing, how come they didn't set up dates, times, and locations? Something is a bit fishy.
What I think may have happened here is that the Shays campaign was hoping to string Himes along until it was too late to organize the debates, and THEN respond to the request. That way, he'll look like he tried to set up the debate, but ran out of time. The Himes campaign's press release forced them to act as if they were planning to debate all along.
Of course, this begs the question: Why is Chris Shays afraid to debate Jim Himes?