Live from SU, Monday night
Rep. Jim Walsh and challenger Dan Maffei have tentatively agreed to debate - live - on WTVH (Channel 5) Monday, in what would be the fourth televised debate of the campaign season.
The 6 p.m. showdown at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs still isn't definite, but it will probably happen if the organizers can allay the concerns of the Walsh camp, Walsh spokesman Dan Gage said.
Pre-debate debates on ground rules have become standard in the 25th Congressional District, which Democratic strategists believe is up for grabs.
The latest concerns involve the studio audience, which appeared to be dominated by Maffei supporters during last week's WCNY debate.
The next definite Walsh-Maffei debate will be taped today at Time Warner Cable studios and air at 7 p.m. on News 10 Now. A third debate will air on WSTM (Channel 3) at 9 a.m. Sunday.
McAuliffe comes home
Terry McAuliffe, the former head of the Democratic National Committee and friend to Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, is coming home this weekend, where he plans to put his famed fundraising skills to work for Maffei.
McAuliffe will be in his hometown of Syracuse Friday to host a Sedgwick Drive house party. Tickets to the 5:30 p.m. event range from $75 for a silver individual pass to a $2,100 diamond ticket that entitles you to bring as many people as you want.