Login NowClose 
Sign In to chronicle-tribune.com           
Forgot Password

No prosecutor debates set for primary

BY Brian Powers - bpowers@chronicle-tribune.com

Despite the invitation from members of the Chamber of Commerce, as of now there will be no debate between two GOP candidates for the Grant County Prosecutor.

Rodney Faulk, former attorney in current prosecutor Jim Luttrull’s camp, was terminated from his position days after he announced his intentions to run against his boss in December. Faulk said the firing was politically charged, while Luttrull disputed those claims.

Fast forward to the new year, members of the county’s Governmental Affairs Committee attempted to arrange a debate between Luttrull and Faulk prior to the primary’s, but Faulk has refused.

“We’ve had our campaign planned for almost a year and a half, and we had a chili supper planned for that night,” Faulk said.

Luttrull said the Chamber offered two other dates for the two to meet in a public forum, both of which Faulk declined.

“I have nothing to gain by debating him,” Faulk said. “I have no interest in being in the same room with someone who terminated my livelihood and my insurance.”

Luttrull said the debate matter shouldn’t be personal.

“It’s not about me or him gaining anything,” Luttrull said. “It’s about what the voters have to gain.”

Luttrull went on to say the role of county Prosecutor is to be the representative of justice in Grant County. He also said, from his political knowledge, the incumbent (who is Luttrull) is generally the party hesitant to debate, but he was more than willing to take his opponent on in a public forum.

“I found that (Faulk’s refusal) disappointing and odd, and I also found the reasons given were both disappointing and odd, as well,” Luttrull said.