From the Whitney campaign:
Rich Whitney for Governor 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—October 14, 2010
CONTACT: Brandon Punke, Communications Director
Whitney for Governor
CONTACT: Doug Dobmeyer, Deputy Communications Director
WHITNEY TO PARTICIPATE IN STATEWIDE TELEVISED DEBATE IN CARBONDALE
Carbondale, IL— Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney will participate in a televised debate at Southern Illinois University tonight. Whitney will be joined by Republican candidate Bill Brady and Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn. This event marks the only broadcast debate that will include candidates from all three of the legally established parties in Illinois.
At this time, Mr. Whitney is being excluded from the League of Women Voters/ABC7 Debate on October 20th and the City Club of Chicago/WTTW forum on October 28th. The organizers for both events have claimed that Whitney has not met the criteria for admission to their debates. This is in spite of the fact that the Illinois Green Party is a legally established political party and Whitney’s garnering of over 360,000 votes in the 2006 gubernatorial election.
“I am really looking forward to this debate. Southern Illinois University is providing a great example of how a democratic society built on the exchange of ideas is suppose to work. It is clear that they could teach some so called civic organizations a lesson in that”, Whitney commented.
Whitney continued that “I’m the only candidate in the race who offers a comprehensive plan for getting us out of this budget mess while protecting those in society who need us the most. This debate allows for the people of Illinois to see the strength of my plan directly against the nonsensical paths supported by my opponents. It will also give people their only opportunity to see how Brady and Quinn react when actually confronted on their hollow campaign promises.”
The candidate concluded that “I really appreciate SIU doing the logical thing by including me in this debate and giving the people of Illinois the opportunity to hear real solutions to the problems they face. The Republicans and Democrats are the ones who have put us in this budget mess and made Illinois government the laughingstock of the United States. A debate that only includes Brady and Quinn is not a debate at all; it is a reaffirmation of the politics of insanity that are destroying this state.”
[Debate info, time, and places that it will be live streaming are after the jump]