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Oligarchy Wins, Kentucky Loses, Libertarian Candidate Says of Being Excluded from Senate Debate

Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes will face each other in a televised debate on Monday evening.

It will be face to face on KET between the Republican McConnell and the Democrat Grimes.

Absent will be the third candidate seeking the office: Libertarian David Patterson. A judge ruled against Patterson's emergency injunction filed by the Libertarian Party of Kentucky and the campaign. Patterson's campaign said that an open records request revealed that KET "continually shifted criteria for inclusion" in the debate, to ensure that the Libertarian would not be part of it.

 “I'm running the best campaign that I can. I don't have $50M worth of out-of-state special interest money. My campaign has always been about regular Kentuckians, and that's who has lost today," Patter said in a statement on Sunday. "KET has testified under oath that their mission and values statements don't apply to the decisions they make. They intend to apply a financial threshold to all future criteria. That means you must be rich or have rich friends to even stand a chance. Kentuckians now have their hard-earned tax dollars being used to deprive them of knowing their options when they walk into the ballot box.”

“It is extremely disappointing that the court has said state entities can re-write the rules in the middle of the game," said Libertarian Party of Kentucky Chairman Ken Moellman. "KET testified under oath that Grimes and McConnell were invited without any criteria, while David Patterson was scrutinized under an ever-increasing set of criteria. This isn't even about Libertarians, it's everyone who's not part of the Old Parties. The First Amendment now only applies to the 'chosen ones'. Welcome to the illusion of choice. Welcome to the oligarchy.”

“The battle for Liberty in Kentucky is far from over," said Libertarian Party State Vice Chair Dave Capano. "While this ruling is disappointing, it just adds fuel to the fire that brings more Kentuckians to our cause. This verdict is just more proof as to just how our system works and why we will continue to be the change the country is looking for.”

McConnell and Grimes will face each other at 8 p.m. on KET.

-Staff report

Photo: David Patterson (provided)