FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2014
Independence Party of Minnesota calls for Governor Dayton and Commissioner Johnson to boycott debates that do not include all three major party candidates.
The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce has made clear their intent to exclude Hannah Nicollet from Tuesday’s candidate forum. While this may be unfair to our gubernatorial candidate, it is also unfair to Minnesotans who will attend the forum in person or via the media.
The public should know that the Chamber’s leadership first denied Hannah Nicollet an invitation because they contended that she is not endorsed by a major party even though she is. When they were made aware of that fact, they contended that they do not include third party candidates in their forums, even though they acknowledged making an exception for Green Party congressional candidate Skip Sandman this year. They also seemed to overlook the Independence Party gubernatorial candidate’s participation in 2010. When they were made aware of that contradiction, they said they did not want to “violate the trust” of the other major party candidates, despite both candidates’ public support for her inclusion in the forum.
Independence Party of Minnesota Chair Mark Jenkins said “In Minnesota, we pride ourselves on fair and open elections. When that fairness and openness is discarded with lame excuses, the integrity of the sponsors and the participants is tarnished.”
For this reason, the Independence Party of Minnesota calls on Governor Dayton and Commissioner Johnson to defend Minnesota’s reputation of fair and open elections by boycotting any debate or forum that does not include all three of Minnesota’s major party candidates.
We also call on all media to refuse to broadcast any debate or forum that does not include the candidates of all three of Minnesota’s major parties.
Mark Jenkins, Chair
Independence Party of Minnesota