By Mark Wachtler
July 22, 2014. Phoenix, AZ. (ONN) While six Republican candidates for Arizona Governor debated each other on television on Monday, two opposition candidates ramped up their campaign to be included in the coming General Election debates. John Mealer is the Independent Constitutionalist candidate running on the Americans Elect party line. Barry Hess is the Libertarian Party nominee and a second-time candidate for Arizona Governor. And as far as the televised debates are concerned, they want in.
John L. Mealer, Independent Constitutionalist candidate for AZ Governor.
Both the Constitutionalist JL Mealer and the Libertarian Barry Hess are no strangers to hard-fought election campaigns. Hess is a former Libertarian candidate for Arizona Governor and Mealer is a past Constitution Party candidate for President. That’s why they’re not surprised that they’re finding themselves the victims of one of the most common establishment election scams - shutting independents and opposition parties out of the televised debates. That’s also why they’re fiercely fighting back.
ASU, PBS, JP Morgan, Chamber of Commerce
The above four entities - Arizona State University, Public Broadcasting System, JP Morgan Chase, and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce - are probably four government-connected entities the voters of Arizona don’t want to trust their system of democracy to. But those are the four that will be bringing the state the first televised Gubernatorial Election debate of the 2014 General Election. Candidate JL Mealer has some harsh words for them.
In an open letter sent to PBS, Independent Constitutionalist candidate John L Mealer makes his case to be included in the make-or-break debates. He points out the co-organizers’ non-profit statuses and their dependence on millions of dollars in taxpayer funding. Mealer says he will file every civil and criminal complaint available to him if he is excluded. And if that doesn’t work, he has some even more creative ideas.
“I plan to chain myself to your building and/or your home office until you do what is right, Mr. Todd Sader, CEO/President GPCC,” Mealer wrote to the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce CEO, “I expect to have over 2,000-plus people of all walks of life with me, not to mention Barry Hess’ Libertarians. I will call for all other candidates from every race in the state to stand with me. Are you beginning to comprehend the magnitude of your complicity with the party-politics shut-out?”
In his official letters to the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and PBS, JL Mealer sums up his complaints and explains that the sponsors’ published criteria for candidate participation in the debates is literally criminal. One of the many needed requirements to participate in the televised debates is that candidates raise at least $376,808 by August 22, 2014. Many readers feel that is nothing more than an illegal ‘poll tax’. But Mealer points out that it violates Arizona’s Clean Elections law.
“Your criteria for having such large funds on hand prior to Clean Elections being completed is in violation of the law,” Independent Constitutionalist JL Mealer told the debate organizers, “CCEC law states, ‘May not be paid until after 20 days of submission to the CCEC,’ which is due on August 26th, 2014, which incidentally would place your malicious Criteria 7 in violation of the law beginning with fraud and ending somewhere along the lines of extortion, racketeering, conspiracy, mail fraud, gross negligence and voter fraud.”
Mealer goes on to remind PBS that their debate co-organizer - JP Morgan Chase - has been convicted of defrauding millions of Americans and laundering blood money for drug cartels and human traffickers, not to mention their public-private connection to our nation’s entire monetary system. He closes by letting them know it’s not a request, it’s a demand.
“I would like to say I am writing this to appeal to your common decency, but I am not,” JL Mealer tells debate co-organizer PBS, “This is a demand to do the right thing and allow both myself, John Lewis Mealer, and Barry Hess of the Libertarian Party, to participate in this Gubernatorial event.” Extra points to John for taking a stand for his opponent and fellow freedom fighter, Libertarian Barry Hess.
For more information on JL Mealer for Governor, visit JLMealer.com.
Barry Hess for AZ Governor
While Independent Constitutionalist JL Mealer has been fighting for his right to participate in the televised debates, he hasn’t had to worry about ballot access. He’s the official candidate of the now-defunct Americans Elect party, which still has Major Party Status in Arizona. Barry Hess and the Libertarians aren’t as fortunate.
With a Libertarian and a Constitutionalist on the November ballot, Arizona Republicans know the two will take a sizable portion of what might have been votes for the GOP nominee. A three-way split on the right could cause the Democratic nominee to sail onto victory and turn the state from red to blue. If Gubernatorial candidate Barry Hess has his way however, the state will change from Republican red to Libertarian yellow.
Hess has already successfully fought off a Republican legal challenge to his candidacy. After submitting the required ballot access petitions, the state GOP filed challenges to their validity. ‘Last week, the GOP funded a challenge to 37 of Hess’s nominating signatures which would have left him 5 short of the required number needed to appear on the ballot to represent the Libertarian Party,’ his campaign website announced back in June, ‘Hess’ legal teams immediately found no less than 12 of the disputed signatures were in fact valid, and today, the County Recorders weighed in to verify 20 of the disputed signatures as valid. The suit was dismissed.’
Hess remarked, “We were never concerned about the numbers not being there. But now we’re concerned about the obvious frivolousness of the challenge, and the potential of fraud.” The Libertarian candidate went on to say, “It seems the goal is to shield GOP candidates from having to actually address the issues and defend their position on the campaign trail. Maybe the problem is my polling ahead of most of their candidates. Whatever the case, they must have wanted me off the ballot pretty badly to put up big money for a frivolous suit.”
For more information on Libertarian Barry Hess’ campaign for Arizona Governor, visit HessForGovernor.com.
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