Linn to Debate, Not to Debate…

This was really disappointing as I had set the debate to record while I was out campaigning last night, and he didn’t even get to appear. Now there’s no reason to even bother watching it as I already know all of the sound bites the other guys were going to fire back and forth.

From the St. Petersburg Times...

Less than four hours before Florida’s gubernatorial debate Tuesday night, a state appeals court ruled debate organizers need not include Max Linn, the hard-charging Reform Party candidate from Treasure Island.

The 4th District Court of Appeal’s order was a victory for Leadership Florida and other debate sponsors, which had argued that Linn never met the criteria to be included in the debate: at least a 10 percent showing in two independent statewide polls.

Late Monday, a trial judge in Broward County had ordered Linn be included in the debate, calling the 10 percent criteria subjective and immaterial compared to the public’s right to know a candidate’s position.

“Of course I should be in there. As the judge said yesterday, ‘Why in the world are the Republicans and Democrats so afraid of Max Linn?’’’ the candidate said. “At the 11th hour they found the necessary judges that are in their pockets and overruled it. Those judges should be voted out of office.”

Linn, a 46-year-old retired financial planner and term-limits champion who has largely self-financed his campaign, pledged to fight to be included in next week’s final gubernatorial debate.

Debate organizers called Linn’s efforts a routine last-minute maneuver similar to several others rejected by courts at all levels across the country.

“We fully respect Mr. Linn’s right to candidacy, but we took issue with his right to participate in the debate based on criteria set months ago,” said Jeff Bartel, chairman of Leadership Florida. Other debate organizers included Florida Public Broadcasting Service, WPBT Communications Foundation and Florida Press Association, to which the St. Petersburg Times belongs. The appeals court reversed Circuit Judge Leroy Moe’s decision, issuing a one-page order that cited a 1998 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that said an Arkansas public TV station could exclude an independent candidate with little popular support as an act of journalistic discretion.

3 Responses to “Linn to Debate, Not to Debate…”

  1. Richard Winger Says:

    The judges who cited Arkansas Educational TV v Forbes seem not to have read the decision they cited. The US Supreme Court decision of 1998 said if public TV sponsors a debate, he or she can be left out if he or she has a miniscule campaign organization. The US Supreme Court said nothing about using polls. Max Linn has a big campaign apparatus, with paid staff, a budget of over $1,000,000, and TV advertising.

  2. Robert Says:

    Please help supporting Max Linn in this Poll, to get him in the next debate:

    http://www.insitefulsurveys.com/Survey.asp?SI=722026712023

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