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Donna Shalala's opponents needle her for skipping candidate forum

Debate 27

If a debate takes place in the race to replace Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Congress and Donna Shalala doesn’t attend, does it make a sound?

That’s a conundrum that the field in Florida’s 27th congressional district grappled with Tuesday as Miami-Dade Democrats prepared to host a candidates’ forum at a Unitarian Universalist church near Dadeland.

Democratic candidates Matt Haggman, Michael Hepburn, David Richardson and Kristen Rosen Gonzalez all planned to attend Tuesday night, according to the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. Shalala did not.

“There will be lots of time to debate," Shalala told the Miami Herald.

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