Griebel wants in on WTNH debate
A Connecticut politician is calling on a Texas-based media company to change its debate qualification rules so he can spar other candidates for governor on Wednesday.
Oz Griebel, who is running as an independent candidate, issued a statement Saturday asking Nexstar to change its requirement that candidates must receive at least 10 percent support in a “reputable poll” to participate.
Nexstar owns the WTNH television station in New Haven, which is hosting a debate with The Day newspaper of New London on Wednesday. Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski will participate in the event.
“The decision to prohibit the Griebel campaign’s participation in the September 12thdebate represents a fundamental inversion of what the media stands for — hosting free and open forums where voters can evaluate the experience, positions and temperament of all candidates, information that is critical to making informed voting choices,” Griebel said in a statement.
Nexstar did not immediately respond for a request for comment.
Nearly 600 people have signed a petition supporting Griebel’s participation, he said. Griebel previously debated Lamont on Sept. 5, but Stefanowski did not join.
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