A debate in the 10th Senate District is elusive. In part because somebody isn't checking Facebook all the time:
Others haven't been able to pin him down. Last month, the Chattanooga-based Libertarian Party of Southeastern Tennessee announced an Aug. 30 debate. Facebook messages to both candidates went out weeks in advance. McGary accepted and attended, but organizers never heard from Gardenhire.
Gardenhire said he only saw the Libertarians' invitation this week because it was the first time he checked his campaign Facebook account since the Aug. 2 Republican primary.
"Making contact with somebody," he said, "isn't the same thing as sending a Facebook message."