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Congressman Harry Teague, left, and former Congressman Steve Pearce, are slinging plenty of mud each other's way over the cancellation of debates leading up to the Nov. 5 general election. (Submitted photos)

By EMIL WHITIS
Daily Press Staff Writer

Less than two months before the November mid-term elections, the mudslinging between former Congressman Steve Pearce and current New Mexico District Two U.S. Representative Harry Teague is escalating.

Following a heated debate between the two candidates held Monday, supposedly focused on border security, the Pearce campaign circulated a press release which reported Teague had withdrawn from a radio debate scheduled for next Monday in Alamogordo, which was supposed to focus on veteran affairs.

The Pearce release, titled “Teague backs out of radio debates,” stated “after a poor performance Monday in Las Cruces, Congressman Harry Teague has backed out of a scheduled radio debate next Monday in Alamogordo.”

The Teague campaign fired back a rebuttal Wednesday evening, stating no such action had been taken by the Congressman.

“They blatantly lied to say that Harry would not be there,” said Teague campaign spokeswoman Jessica Borchert. “It is unfortunate that Congressman Pearce does not feel that veterans’ issues are important (enough) to merit their own debate and that he refuses to participate.”

According to Borchert, the Pearce campaign on Wednesday confirmed its candidate would not participate in the Alamogordo debate and KZZX radio was forced to cancel the discussion. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.