State Rep. Dan Huberty (TX-127) had an Oct. 3 deadline for a debate response, or else his challenger would debate a chicken. At a Sept. 27 rally in front of Huberty’s district office in Kingwood, Democrat opponent Cody Pogue told campaign supporters that if Huberty did not respond, Pogue would debate someone dressed in a chicken suit with a name tag. “We’ve been trying for about a month now, and he still won’t commit to a debate,” Pogue told rally supporters, meeting the statement with booing. “I believe it’s one of the fundamentals of democracy that people should have access to information. This isn’t a Republican thing. It isn’t a Democratic thing. It’s about American principles.” According to Pogue, several requests were made to Huberty’s staff for a public campaign debate, but those have not been answered. “I’ve tried many times to get Mr. Huberty to agree to a debate. We’ve sent emails. We’ve sent letters. We’ve tried going through other organizations, but we just can’t quite get Mr. Huberty to debate against me,” Pogue said in a Sept. 19 YouTube video. Another YouTube video dated Sept. 23 asks, “Why won’t Dan Huberty debate Cody Pogue?” while listing possible answers and the slow moving chicken suit walks toward the camera. It makes claims that Huberty was responsible for “teacher firings, increasing classroom sizes and learning suppression” in local schools. In a Sept. 28 press release, Huberty said the Pogue campaign tactics are common of struggling candidates. “...As he [Pogue] struggles for relevance, and his campaign yearns for any platform, they have adopted a strategy of challenging me to weekly debates,” Huberty wrote. “I am pleased with the campaign we are conducting. My strategy is working well. For the time being, we will set our own schedule and not allow my opponent to dictate when or where I make public appearances,” he continued. For rally videos, visit Photo:An unidentified Cody Pogue supporter poses in a chicken suit with a name tag signifying State Rep. Dan Huberty at the Sept. 27 rally. Photo by Geoffrey Geiger.

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