Libertarians file complaint over three Ohio governor debates


The Libertarian Party of Ohio on Monday filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission over being excluded from three gubernatorial debates, including the first one held last week at the University of Dayton between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine.

The 23-page complaint alleges that the university and the DeWine and Cordray campaigns excluded other qualified gubernatorial candidates from planning and participating in the debate.

“No pre-existing objective criteria — other than the participants being Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine — were published, documented or in any way made available to the public, the press, the two minor political parties, or the two minor political parties’ qualified gubernatorial candidates,” the complaint says.

Libertarian Party of Ohio nominee Travis Irvine and Ohio Green Party nominee Constance Gadell Newton will also appear on the statewide ballot as candidates for governor.

Two other debates between Cordray and DeWine are planned for Oct. 1 at Marietta College and Oct. 7 at Cleveland State University.

Related: Libertarians threaten legal action to get into governor debates

The Libertarian Party’s complaint alleges that hosting the September 19 debate amounted to an illegal campaign contribution to DeWine and Cordray from UD.

“As the university has not had time to review the complaint, we have no comment at this time,” UD spokeswoman Cilla Shindell said in an email.

We have reached out to the DeWine and Cordray campaigns for a response.

A university spokesperson said the week before the debate that it had set a 10-percent polling requirement for candidates to participate in the debate. The Libertarian complaint said there is no evidence they have seen that the criteria was set before the debate was announced and said that was improper.

Cox Media Group Ohio, which owns this newspaper and WHIO radio and TV stations, was the media sponsor of the Dayton debate but was not included in the Libertarian Party complaint. Instead, it names the Cordray and DeWine campaigns, the candidates and UD as defendants.

The Ohio Elections Commission is expected to give the complaint a preliminary review at its Nov. 1 meeting.

Related: Watch the full governor debate between Cordray and DeWine



Reader Comments


Next Up in Community News

Michael Flynn tells judge he knew lying to FBI was a crime
Michael Flynn tells judge he knew lying to FBI was a crime

President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced at hearing Tuesday at a federal courthouse in Washington after he pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI. Flynn resigned from his post in the Trump administration in February 2017 after serving just 24 days in office. He pleaded guilty in...
Order now: Last day for non-Prime free shipping on Amazon
Order now: Last day for non-Prime free shipping on Amazon

If your Amazon cart is full of potential Christmas gifts, today’s the day to hit confirm. Today is the last day for free shipping guaranteed to be delivered by Christmas on some Amazon items. From here, other options will begin to fall off as the days until the holiday are numbered. »PHOTOS: Luxury home with acre pond, 10 acres of woods...
The gift of giving: Find out which charities are naughty and nice
The gift of giving: Find out which charities are naughty and nice

If you are making a list of charities to give money to this holiday season — and checking it twice — you should look into which charities are naughty and nice. Charitable giving reached record levels for the third year in a row in 2017 at an estimated $410 billion, and the majority of donations come from individuals, according to the website...
The Trump Foundation: What you need to know
The Trump Foundation: What you need to know

In September 2017, former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced an investigation into the charitable foundation "to make sure it's complying with the laws governing charities in New York," Schneiderman said at the time. That investigation began after a 2013 campaign contribution to Pam Bondi, Florida’s attorney general...
Trump Foundation agrees to dissolve under judicial supervision, New York AG says
Trump Foundation agrees to dissolve under judicial supervision, New York AG says

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said Tuesday that officials with the Trump Foundation have agreed to dissolve the charity under court supervision amid allegations that President Donald Trump and his children used the foundation for personal profit. Underwood said foundation officials agreed to dissolve the embattled charity in a stipulation...
More Stories