In an act of what one pro-politician calls “unprecedented arrogance,” Sen. Maggie Hassan had previously declared which debates she would be participating in and who would host them — even though Republicans have yet to choose their nominee.

Across the country, party candidates for the U.S. Senate are negotiating their fall debate schedules and who will moderate them, including in Pennsylvania where Democratic nominee Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is still suffering the effects of a stroke. Like Hassan, Fetterman announced his debate schedule: a single debateand not before mid-October.

Unlike Hassan, Fetterman has a GOP opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz, who quickly rejected the one-sided proposal and pushed for many more confrontations. Few political observers think Fetterman can get away with unilaterally setting the debate schedule in Pennsylvania.

In Georgia and North Carolina, campaigns are still debating their debate schedules, AP reports.

Is New Hampshire different?

In his press releaseSent five days before the Sept. 13 primary, Hassan’s campaign said it would participate in three debates: a televised debate on WMUR, a forum hosted by the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, and one hosted by left-leaning New Hampshire organizations. Public Radio, New Hampshire PBS and New Hampshire Bulletin.

“Hassan’s unprecedented arrogance shines through,” said veteran GOP strategist Rick Wiley, who works on Gen. Don Bolduc’s GOP primary campaign.

Wiley, who has worked on campaigns in more than 30 states, including serving as a senior adviser to the Republican National Senate Committee, said the problem was not Hassan’s debate schedule, but his sense of entitlement to believe. that she is the person who can make this decision.

“It almost reminds me of the Queen, looking down on us,” Wiley said, adding, “We haven’t heard anyone talk about debates. We have an election to win first.

Dave Carney, who helps guide Chuck Morse’s U.S. Senate campaign, may be up against Wiley, but he agrees that Hassan dictates the debate schedule.

“It’s not the norm,” Carney said.

And it’s not just Republicans calling Hassan.

“We are disappointed that Senator Hassan chose to skip the New Hampshire Today Show, Union-Leader and New England College debate,” WGIR radio host Chris Ryan tweeted. “New Hampshire has a long tradition of voter engagement and this opportunity to discuss issues with the Republican nominee provides just the opportunity.”

Radio host Jack Heath said he was “frankly surprised”.

“Sen. Hassan has been doing my debates since she first ran for governor,” Heath said. “Her camp asked me a few weeks ago if I was doing a debate on my show. and I said yes. I assumed she would participate. It seems the only radio debate is with NPR.

“With no disrespect to NPR, but I dare say my morning show reaches more voters than they do, and I have both sides of the political aisle on my show.”

Heath wasn’t the only person to note the apparent political bias in Hassan’s selection. While NHPR, NPR and the NH Bulletin are center-left, no center-right media are included.

And some news organizations, including NHJournal, are waiting for Republicans to have a real candidate before issuing debate invitations. Hassan tries to anticipate all this.

The two questions are whether she will be able to get away with breaking the norm and refusing to negotiate a debate schedule with her opponents and whether the eventual Republican candidate will be willing to participate in a debate schedule that gives Hassan a ideological advantage on the ground.

Hassan declined to respond to requests for comment. However, in her press release, she tried to defend her preemptive actions by noting that her debate schedule matches that of the 2020 general election between Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Corky Messner.

However, in 2016, Hassan appeared in four debates when she tried to defeat incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte (R). Why is Hassan pushing for a restricted debate schedule without any negotiations? Before she even has an opponent?

“In a competitive race where a starter is well under 50 percent and has lost in matchups throughout the year, that’s no surprise,” Carney said. “She can’t defend her voting record, so she’ll duck and try to run out of time.”