With Chris Shays’ entry into state’s U.S. Senate seat race, Linda McMahon’s campaign manager asked his campaign Friday to set up three debates. But the Shays’ campaign was thinking more along the lines of 10.

“So, as we welcome the Congressman to the debate, we’d like to do just that – debate,” McMahon campaign manager Corry Bliss wrote in an email to the Shays’ camp.

Bliss recommended an April debate in Norwich, one in Hartford in June, and a Stamford debate in July.

Matt Wylie, Shays’ campaign manager, had other ideas.

“I note you’ve suggested three debates in three communities. We would like to see ten debates, two in each Congressional District; five before the convention and five before the primary,” he replied.