September 3, 2020

For Immediate Release

Communications Director: Jack Doyle

Kulkarni Accepts Debates, Calls on Fired Cop Troy Nehls to Come Out of Hiding

51 days since his last public appearance, Troy Nehls has refused to commit to a single debate

Sugar Land, TX — 60 days out from Election Day, Troy Nehls is continuing to hide from voters. 51 days since Nehls’ last public appearance, the twice-fired cop has refused all attempts to schedule a debate with TX-22 Democratic nominee Sri Preston Kulkarni.

Troy Nehls has been invited to participate in the following debates and public forums and has refused to commit to a single one:

  • Katy Area Chamber of Commerce 
  • Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce
  • Houston Public Media 
  • Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center 

Today, the Kulkarni campaign announced they have agreed to participate in all of the above joint appearances.

While Kulkarni has been engaging voters, Nehls has been in hiding for almost two months while he tries to suck up as much special interest money as he can to save his broke campaign

While Nehls has been silent, health care for more than 400,000 Texans with pre-existing conditions in this district is in jeopardy thanks to Texas Republicans’ lawsuit to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act—and with more than 650,000 Texans having already lost their health care, Troy Nehls’ silence is inexcusable.

Sri 2020 campaign manager Allen Chen issued the following statement:

“We’re facing a health care and economic crisis and the stakes in this election have never been higher. Voters deserve to know where candidates stand on the issues, but Texans have no idea what Troy Nehls believes and he hasn’t even held a public event in 51 days.

“After he downplayed the pandemic and let coronavirus infect his own employees, Troy Nehls is hiding because he knows he has no answers for Texans who want to send their kids back to school safely and for small businesses who want to get back to work with the virus under control.

“Troy Nehls’ record of incompetence and neglect is what got him fired as a police officer in the first place and it’s time for him to come out of the shadows and face the voters.”


Sri Preston Kulkarni is the son of an Indian immigrant father and a mother whose family descends from Sam Houston. Kulkarni is a former Foreign Service Officer who served fourteen years overseas in places like Iraq, Russia, and Jerusalem, and as a former Defense, Foreign Policy and Veteran Affairs Advisor to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) before deciding to leave the foreign service and return home to run for Congress in 2018.

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