Shame on Spectrum News! They scheduled a debate for State Comptroller candidates and decided to exclude Green Party candidate Mark Dunlea. Tell Spectrum they must include Mark Dunlea in the October 29 debate by signing the petition below.
Democrat Tom DiNapoli, the incumbent, should refuse to participate unless the debate is open up to all the candidates on the ballot. DiNapoli has told NY 1 that he wants the debate to include all the candidates.
Unlike the other opponents to the present Comptroller, Mark Dunlea has been an elected official and has been active with the state budget for more than 40 years. Dunlea’s involvement with the state budget process began when he was a co-founder of NYPIRG (New York Public Interest Research Group) in 1973. He has continued work on the state’s finances for 28 years with the Hunger Action Network of NYS and for the last 5 years with the Green Education and Legal Fund. Dunlea participated in the first Comptroller debate on October 9 on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network.
The action by Spectrum and Bob Hardt, NY1’s political director, to exclude the Green Party, the 4th largest ballot-qualified party in New York, is a slap in the face to voters and democracy. Spectrum’s hostility towards the Greens unfortunately is being repeated nationwide as major corporations increased their ownership of the media.
Tell Spectrum to stop acting like a Pravda for the American two-party state. The two corporate parties should not be the only real options presented by media outlets. The public deserves more than the illusion of choice.
We, the undersigned, are calling on Spectrum News and NY1 political direction Bob Hardt to open the debates include Mark Dunlea in the State Comptroller candidates debate on October 29.