Friday, July 25, 2008

Funny how that happened: Mike Munger NOW in a gubernatorial debate

Was it the press coverage--virtually unprecedented for a Libertarian candidate?

Was it the polls--that show Michael Munger persistently hanging in the North Carolina governor's race?

Was it the blogs--which have been stridently calling it to public attention that excluding one of three ballot-qualified candidates is an exercise in restricting political free speech?

Was it the Money Grenade--which went off on 3-4 July?

Was it the run of radio spots in major North Carolina cities?

Whichever it was--or all of them combined, hell has apparently frozen over; from the League of Women Voters to Michael Munger today [courtesy of Mike Munger]:

Dear Dr. Munger:

Congratulations to you on winning the nomination as the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of North Carolina. WSOC-TV the ABC Affiliate and WTVI the Public Broadcast Station in Charlotte, in partnership with the North Carolina and Charlotte-Mecklenburg League of Women Voters extend an invitation for your participation in a LIVE televised debate originating from the studios of WTVI in Charlotte.

The debate will be held on October 15, 2008. The debate moderators would be provided by WSOC-TV. Representatives of WSOC-TV, WTVI Charlotte and the North Carolina and Charlotte-Mecklenburg League of Women Voters would meet with you to discuss debate format. The debate will be televised live 7:00-8:00 pm EDT and we have offered the debate to television stations statewide.

The partnership of WSOC-TV, WTVI Charlotte and North Carolina and Charlotte-Mecklenburg League of Women Voters welcomes the opportunity to provide a debate forum for you to discuss your positions on important issues to voters. The collaborating parties feel it necessary to get planning underway immediately. May we expect a reply from you by Friday, August 1, 2008? Please make initial contact with Kay Hall, Program Director for WSOC-TV... Ms. Hall will coordinate meetings with you and/or your campaign representatives along with WTVI and the North Carolina and Charlotte-Mecklenburg League of Women Voters.

We look forward to your positive response. We trust you will welcome the opportunity to share your vision for North Carolina's future with voters.

I can't wait.


Jim Fryar said...

The disappointing thing is that as an Aussie i don't get to see this happening, they are not covered here.

Anonymous said...

i live in charlotte. it wasn't in the paper today. i'm hoping it will be tomorrow. this is a great day for the state of north carolina. we have a right to know ALL of our choices.