Independence Party’s Nicollet barred from Tuesday’s gubernatorial debate

Tuesday’s gubernatorial debate in Duluth now stands to be mano a mano between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP challenger Jeff Johnson. Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet is not invited.

Nicollet says on her web site that David Ross, head of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the debate, said he excluded her because it “would be a violation of the trust we were afforded by the Dayton and Johnson teams. It is that simple.”

Last week, Nicollet was initially not invited to a debate in Moorhead because she didn’t reach a 10 percent standing in the polls. But eventually, the Fargo Forum newspapers, sponsor of the debate, said they’d found a poll showing her at 11 percent, and extended the invitation. She did participate.

Nicollet’s statement says that Dayton wants her in all the debates, “but many Republican strategists believe her participation would draw fiscally conservative voters from Jeff Johnson with her policies of abolishing the state corporate tax and eliminating the influence of special interest groups.”

And she notes that the Duluth Chamber, sponsoring the debate, is a branch of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, which has endorsed Johnson.

And the Duluth Chamber held an 8th District congressional debate last week that included the Green Party candidate.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Jeffrey Brenner on 10/14/2014 - 11:46 am.

    IP excluded from debate

    I think it is unfair to exclude Ms. Nicollet from the debate. The Independence Party is considered a major party in the MN, with automatic ballot access and access to public funds.
    If a party is considered a major party by the state their candidates should be included in all debates.

  2. Submitted by Pete Atomic on 10/14/2014 - 02:21 pm.

    Another example of our entropic system

    The fact that Ms.Nicollet was excluded from the debate is another example of the dismal monopoly of failed ideas which the 2 establishment parties have created. People often vote on the ‘lesser of two evils’ between these monstrosities.

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