Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Skeen Scolded for Not Debating.

Byline: Rene Romo Journal Southern Bureau

Opponent Suspects Parkinson's Is Reason

LAS CRUCES The congressional campaign of Democratic state Treasurer Michael Montoya stepped up its criticism of longtime Rep. Joe Skeen, R-N.M., on Wednesday for refusing to debate.

Montoya's campaign raised questions about the possibility of Skeen avoiding debates because he does not want voters to see how he has been affected by Parkinson's disease. The questions were raised in a campaign news release.

Skeen called the questions stupid and tasteless.

"Any failure for the congressman to reveal his true health condition is tantamount to dereliction of duty to the voters who put him in office," Montoya's news release said. …

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