Cincinatti’s CityBeat has provided a soapbox for Green gubernatorial candidate Dennis Spisak to speak out on the recent decision to exclude minor party candidates from two upcoming televised debates. At the present time, only Democrat Ted Strickland and Republican John Kasich will participate. The article quotes Spisak as saying,
“As the Green Party nominee for Ohio governor, I think it’s a sham that myself and the Libertarian candidate for governor are not invited to the debates,” Spisak said in a prepared statement.
“The Ohio Secretary of State has certified that minor party candidates are allowed on the ballots this year, we have paid the same filing fees as Ted Strickland and John Kasich, and had supporters stomp through the winter snowstorms to gather thousands of signatures to place us on the ballot,” Spisak added. “Ohioans deserve to hear all candidates for governor speak. Ted and John will sling mud and refuse to answer specially how they will fix Ohio. I will.”