The central Illinois News-Gazette has grown critical of U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis' decision to skip joint appearances with his primary opponents, calling it an insult and disservice to the public.
In an editorial today, the paper writes:
"...Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis is not participating in joint appearances with his principal opponent, Erika Harold. In following that self-serving course, Davis is ignoring his duty to participate fully in the election process — and shortchanging the voters."
According to the Gazette, Davis is "miffed" that Harold is challenging him, and expected Republicans in the 13th congressional district to simply "fall in line behind him." With a presumed lead in the polls, the paper concludes that Davis has "apparently decided not to take the political risk a joint appearance would present."