PA Lt Gov debates excluded half the candidates

Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick,

2018 PA Lt. Governor Candidate

Green Party of Pennsylvania

On Saturday, October 6 th Pittsburgh’s WPXI-TV held a partial Pennsylvania Lt. Governor’s debate in their TV studio. This face to face meeting of the candidates was incomplete because it undemocratically limited the political education that voters need and deserve to elect their next Governor & Lt. Governor by excluding the only two female Lt. Governor candidates and non-major party candidates that legally qualified to be on the General Election Ballot.


The Green Party’s Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick and the Libertarian Party’s Kathleen Smith deserved to share the stage and promote their views and creative solutions to some of PA’s dire problems alongside the Democrat, John Fetterman and the Republican, Jeff Bartos.


This erasure of our presence at the debate was unreasonable, biased and a disservice to democracy and the thousands of registered voters who signed our petitions because they were disgusted by the status quo and wanted different viewpoints and policies to emanate from Harrisburg so their lives and their children’s futures could be better. Not only did Pittsburgh’s WPXI-TV take away an earned opportunity of free speech for us, the candidates, but it is also squashed the opportunity for peaceful dissent of the electorate to the usual political maneuvering of Democrats and Republicans and their often ineffective solutions.


The press should not undermine its constitutional obligation to promote a healthy democracy by preventing the legitimate perspectives of its fellow citizens from being seen, heard or addressed.

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