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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Lendall gets it

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2006 at 9:12 AM

Green Party candidate Jim Lendall is no flake. He gets it. Evidence: His statement on the lawsuit about exclusion of him and independent Rod Bryan from debates conducted at public venues under terms set by the major party candidates.

Regarding the lawsuit against the limited gubernatorial debate, I had informed Rod Bryan (frequently) more than a month ago about the Forbes ruling and that  it precluded any successful outcome from any lawsuit such as the one Rod filed.  I disagree with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Forbes case, but nothing in our situation differed sufficiently to sustain a different ruling.

  Common sense and basic fairness would say that excluding legal candidates from public forums and using public funds to do so is wrong and undemocratic; however, the Supreme Court has ruled otherwise and Judge Fox, unfortunately, was legally correct in adhering to that precedent.  A change in the laws could remedy that - but that needs a sufficient outcry from the public, not an uninformed lawsuit from a petulent candidate.

    When I am campaigning, people express disappointment and outrage at the
exclusion of the other candidates from forums and from the ballot, as well as the power of money and lobbyists in the political process, and the cynical character assassination in political discourse.

    Is this the democracy Americans are dying to export to other nations?


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