Back in September, Gov. Shumlin's campaign manager -- Alex MacLean -- announced that the Governor would participate in a limited number of debates during this election cycle. She said that he doesn't have time for debates because he's to busy governing.
We thought that excuse was weak. Two years ago Shumlin participated in 13 general election debates against Brian Dubie (plus a half-dozen during the primary). Dubie wasn't a strong debater and Shumlin took advantage.