THERE ARE FIVE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR OF
THREE OF THEM DEMAND TO BE INCLUDED IN THE GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 11, 2010
The Green (Maria Allwine), Libertarian (Susan Gaztanaga) and Constitution Party (Eric Knowles) candidates for Governor of Maryland sent the following letter via electronic mail to Jay Newman and Arthur Abramson of WJZ-TV and the Baltimore Jewish Council respectively, to demand their inclusion in the televised debate scheduled for October 11, 2010 between the other two candidates, Martin O’Malley and Robert Ehrlich.
Maria Allwine was told by another station (when a debate was announced in August) that the two major party candidates would refuse to show up at any debate where the third-party candidates were invited to participate. Have the same parameters been applied to the debate on WJZ-TV? Why are the voters of
What are Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Governor Robert Ehrlich afraid of?
The letter is included below and a signed letter is attached as a PDF for your information.
October 5, 2010
Arthur C. Abramson
Re: Gubernatorial Debates
Dear Messrs. Newman and Abramson:
We, the undersigned, are candidates for governor of
We are, to put it mildly, dismayed, offended and angered that you have deliberately chosen to exclude us from this debate. Rather than providing a forum for the voters of
Who decided to exclude the third-party candidates? And, more importantly, who controls the parameters of the debates? Have Governor O’Malley and former Governor Ehrlich told you that they would not attend any debate where the other candidates were invited? Why are they so afraid for the voters to hear what we have to say?
In the interest of preserving what is left of our democratic process and performing the public service which you are bound to do, we expect to receive invitations to the debate on October 11. If you will not extend the same invitation to us that you extended to the other two candidates, please provide us with a written explanation outlining why you will not do so.
We look forward to hearing from you with an invitation to each of us to participate in the debate.
Maria Allwine Susan Gaztanaga Eric Knowles
Green Party Candidate Libertarian Party Candidate Constitution Party Candidate
Contact for more information:
MD Green Party Candidate for Governor of
People United to Elect Maria Allwine
410-929-6079 (campaign) or 443.762.0892 (personal cell)