Why Won’t Malia Cohen Debate? Because of Her History of Favoring Lobbyists Over Constituents

Mountain View, CA – Today marks 41 days since California State Controller candidate Lanhee Chen challenged his opponent, Malia Cohen, to a series of debates discussing what each would do as State Controller. Cohen has failed to respond.

“It’s no surprise that political insider Malia Cohen is refusing to debate the critical fiscal issues facing our state given her long history of cozy dealings with lobbyists and failure to consistently show up for work. California taxpayers deserve a Controller who will defend them and look out for them first,” Lanhee Chen said.

San Francisco Examiner Columnist Joe Fitzgerald detailed Cohen’s support for legislation benefitting AT&T after taking thousands of dollars from their corporate lobbyist:

“Supervisor Malia Cohen is orchestrating legislation to relax local laws to allow telecom giant AT&T to install big ol’ utility boxes across San Francisco, but her palms are being greased by lobbyists ahead of a key vote on the issue.”