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.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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