Kathie Glass, the Libertarian Party Candidate for Texas Governor learned on Monday, September 22 that Dallas PBS station KERA will not include her in its televised gubernatorial debate with the Republican and Democratic Party candidates.
“The rigged nature of the entire debate process is now apparent,” Glass stated in a press release “KERA Does Abbot’s Dirty Work.”
Excluding Glass from debates leading up to the 2014 elections has been an ongoing issue for Libertarians. Her organization claims that Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis had previously agreed to debate on Dallas/Ft. Worth TV station WFAA channel 8 “which was open to inviting Glass.” But after Glass announced that she would run TV ads during the September 19 debate in McAllen, where she was also excluded, Abbot abruptly pulled out of the WFAA debate.”
Glass accuses Abbott of accepting the KERA debate only because she will be excluded and as a tax-supported Public Broadcasting System station they won’t run any commercials.
The Libertarian candidate also accuses KERA of violating its own debate criteria which requires a candidate to be “sufficiently newsworthy to warrant coverage by the media.” Since Glass has been touring the entire state in her campaign bus with the goal of visiting all 254 Texas counties it was easy to prove her “newsworthiness.”
Her campaign submitted proof that Glass’s “Texas 254 County Tour” had resulted in 14 TV markets finding her newsworthy along with “over 100 newspapers.” She has also been interviewed by multiple radio stations, made appearances before “diverse groups such as the LULAC state convention and too many Tea Parties and forums to count.”
On October 2 she will have an exclusive “conversation” with Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune at The Austin Club. Yet KERA apparently ignored all of this in their decision to exclude Glass.
After directing a challenge at Abbott by declaring that her campaign “has the resources and plan in place to make sure the voters of Texas know that Abbott will do nothing effective to secure the border or stop Obama from trashing the Constitution, and that Kathie Glass will” she chastised KERA.
“The supporters and management of KERA should be ashamed. An entity which exists due to coercive taxation should not be Public Enemy No. 1 in shutting out serious, viable candidates like me from the public discourse.”
Glass solved the whole political debate issue in a press release in August by offering to debate Abbot and Davis individually in separate head-to-head showdowns.
To date no acceptance by either camp has been reported.