ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Gov. Sean Parnell's Republican rivals are calling him a debate dodger.
Ralph Samuels and Bill Walker issued a joint statement accusing the governor of being unwilling to participate in public debates with fellow candidates.
According to Samuels and Walker, on Sunday during a debate in Fairbanks, Parnell delivered pre-recorded answers on video tape, and they say he allowed a state-paid official, Gene Therriault, to fill in for him.
With the upcoming Republican primary just a few months away, candidates are making frequent public appearances.
"This is the part where Alaskans really see the sort of differences between the different candidates," Walker said.
Walker says that out of five scheduled debates, Parnell has only appeared at two.
Walker and Samuels are accusing Parnell of intentionally limiting his appearances.
"I think it's a sign that he wants to stay out of this process and not engage in the process," Walker said.