Spectrum and NY1 have elected to exclude Green Party Candidate, Mark Dunlea from their upcoming October 29th debate for State Comptroller candidates.
Spectrum and its corporate media cohorts, have a long history of propagating the line of the two government parties in the two-party system of corporate rule. The two main stream parties are presented as the only real options and the public is given the illusion of choice when in reality both options are funded by primarily big corporate interests. The Green Party feels this is a severe injustice to the American people.
The New York State Green Party has called for Tom DiNapoli, the incumbent, to refuse to participate unless the debate is inclusive of all the candidates on the ballot. DiNapoli has told NY1 that he wants the debate to include all candidates.
Mark Dunlea is a serious and qualified candidate. He has served as 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 to 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 9th on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network.
“The action by Spectrum and NY1 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,” -Mark Dunlea
NY1 only has had Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, on once this election cycle. Howie Hawkins finished third in the 2014 Gubernatorial election, pulling far more votes than the Working Families Party.
Nationally the Green Party has seen widespread problems this year in terms of access to debates. It is imperative that we raise awareness and call for equal representation!