Hell of a Way to Raise $400 Mil: Four Democratic Candidates Sue KERA

A very amused Friend of Unfair Park sends word: The four Democratic candidates for Texas governor not named Bill White or Farouk Shami have sued KERA and North Texas Public Broadcasting in federal court down in Austin because they didn't get invited to Monday's debate held in Fort Worth and broadcast statewide. As you can see, Alma Aguado, Star Locke (who has quite the Web site), Felix Alvarado and Clement Glenn want more than an apology -- they're demanding $400 million! Says Aguado, "Globalization has increased the gap between the poor and the wealthy in Texas creating an arcane culture of non competition. This non-Democratic favoritism shown on behalf of wealthy candidates shown on public television discourages minorities, the poor, underprivileged and the politically underrepresented from voting."

I called KERA public relations manager Meg Fullwood for a comment. She had a statement ready to go, and she just forward it Unfair Park's way:

We are disappointed that these candidates have chosen to ignore years of judicial precedents upholding our right to use viewpoint neutral criteria in selecting candidates to participate in The Texas Debates. We are confident in our debate policy, and we will seek the speedy dismissal of this complaint as we have successfully with others in the past.

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Robert Wilonsky
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