Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate David Patterson sues KET over debate criteria

09/29/2014 06:02 PM

Citing a first amendment violation the campaign for Libertarian candidate David Patterson along with the state and national Libertarian Party filed a federal lawsuit against public television provider Kentucky Educational Television over debate criteria.

The suit was filed Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and “stems from its new exclusionary policy regarding public debates, eliminating Libertarian participation” according to a press release.

Patterson spoke to Pure Politics about being excluded from the October 13 debate and the possible lawsuit last week in Frankfort. Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell have both said they will take part in the debate.

In July KET announced it would require candidates have at least $100,000 in campaign cash and be polling at 10 percent or higher to qualify for a debate. Patterson currently has $5,000 in campaign cash and is polling at 7 to 8 percent.

KET did not offer comment on the litigation.

Patterson is set to appear at a debate in Pikeville with Grimes in late October, though McConnell has said he will be on a previously scheduled bus tour.


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