Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tracy Warner's Explanation of Endorsements

In his Journal Gazette column today, Tracy Warner writes:

"The Libertarian Party is fielding candidates in eight of the nine City Council races. The board declined to interview the Libertarians in these races because, at least for now, the party has failed to yield competitive candidates for local or statewide offices. In last year’s election for Indiana House District 80, for example, the Libertarian candidate received less than 4 percent of the vote. In the 2004 presidential election, the party’s presidential candidate received less than 1 percent of the vote in Allen County.

We welcome your letters to the editor about candidates and our endorsements."

You can read the whole thing here: http://www.journalgazette.net/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071016/EDIT0502/710160347

I guess the first thing that bothers me is earlier in the column he states it is an aid for voters, but if it is an aid and they don't ever bother to interview the candidates to get information, how is it of any service to the public?

Second is we were good enough to interview for the BCA/ABC/FWAA/HBA, Northside Association, YLNI, News-Sentinel, BIZPAC, Right to Life, Unions, Churches, and many other organizations....but because we didn't fit the agenda of the News-Sentinel, we weren't? Not all the candidates in either Republican or Democrat camps agree with both, but they were interviewed?

Third is that we achieved Ballot Access by getting more than enough of a percentage, as required by law, at the State level several years ago. Why isn't that good enough?

Ben Lanka has interviewed each of our candidates since Friday, but I am told it is for a different piece. The editorial endorsements will be for people who agree with both the smoking ban and Harrison Square? The interviews were conducted with Tracy Warner, Julia Inskeep, and Karen Franscisco.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jennifer,

The Ben Lanka piece is a comparitive of ALL candidates- they do that every election.

Lanka is NOT part of the editorial board and does not get involved in endorsements.

The News-Sentinel works the same way.

Jennifer Jeffrey, Chair LPAC said...

Right. I understand that. I just wanted to point out that they did contact us about our candidates, and I took that as a nice gesture.

Parson said...

It almost sounds like they are afraid if they give you coverage you will take votes away from the people they want elected. I would really like to see some L's in city council to help offset the D's and R's.