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Headington, Wilk spar over debates

Posted: September 25, 2012 6:41 p.m.
Updated: September 25, 2012 6:41 p.m.

Democrat contender Edward Headington called out his Republican opponent Scott Wilk Tuesday for having missed a couple of public debates — prompting Wilk to call the accusations desperate.

At the end of the day, however, both contenders for the 38th District Assembly seat locked in a date on their respective calendars for an upcoming debate.

Playing off of Wilk’s “Got Wilk?” primary campaign promotion, Headington put his opponent’s face on a milk carton with the caption “Where’s Wilk?” in a Tuesday email.

Headington exploited the fact that Wilk did not take part in last week’s public forum at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center and is not slated to take part in a Oct. 6 meet-and-greet function co-sponsored by SCV TV, the American Legion and Los Angeles Universal Preschool at the American Legion in Newhall.

“Voters are getting tired of my talking to an empty chair,” Headington said. “Scott Wilk has declined just about every invitation to debate me, citing scheduling conflicts.”

When asked for a response to the claims, Wilk said: “Headington is a talking parrot.

“Since he’s way, way, way down in the polls, he’s trying to find ways to mix it up,” he said. “It’s a classic tactic by someone who’s behind in the polls.”

Wilk said he had three events scheduled the night of last week’s Senior Center event and plans to attend a family wedding during the legion/preschool function he’s expected to miss.

“Family comes first,” he said.

Headington accused Wilk of backing out of a Santa Clarita Valley Signal-SCV TV-KHTS AM 1220 debate, but by the end of the day both candidates were booked for it on Oct. 4 at SCV TV studios.

The two Assembly candidates squared off against each other more than half a dozen times publicly before the June primary.

They kicked off their November campaigns echoing pre-primary rhetoric at a sold-out luncheon debate hosted by the Valley Industry Association Aug. 21.




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