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Colorado’s Oldest Daily Newspaper Excludes “Woman Candidate” from Debate

For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Thompson
19 October 2012
Tel: (719) 369-0623
Email: contact@casida2012.com

Colorado’s Oldest Daily Newspaper Excludes “Woman Candidate” from Debate

(Pueblo, CO) Tisha Casida, Unaffiliated (Independent) candidate for U.S. House, Colorado District 3, has not been invited to the Pueblo Chieftain Debate held on Wednesday, October 10th (7:00PM) at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo.

Casida has been campaigning in the district for over a year (http://www.chieftain.com/news/region/woman-running-in-rd-dis...), meeting with constituents and small business owners, and was in attendance at the Club 20 Debate hosted at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction where she debated Scott Tipton (R) and Sal Pace (D). Casida petitioned onto the ballot and considers herself to be a legitimate candidate for the District.

Casida says, “it is disappointing to be excluded from a debate in which we do represent a population of voters, and it is my hometown where I was born and raised, which is disheartening – I have worked very hard to petition onto the ballot and be a part of the process, to have a voice and be a voice for people who are frustrated with both Republicans and Democrats”. Casida is an advocate of pushing many functions of the federal government down to the State and local level, where there is “more transparency and accountability” with the representatives.

From Tracey Mattoon-Amos of the Pueblo newspaper, “The Chieftain has not included third-party or independent or write-in candidates for political office because Pueblo and Southern Colorado voters historically have not supported them at the polls. Such candidates typically receive less than 10 percent and often less than 5 percent of the total votes cast. In other words, frankly, area voters have made it clear that they will not elect a candidate who is not Democrat or Republican. Unless that situation changes, we will not include other candidates in our forums because it takes valuable time away from those candidates who have a legitimate chance of being elected. Voters want to hear from the candidates who do have a chance, and we feel that we are reflecting the desires of our area voters and readers to focus on the candidates of the major parties.”

There are over 90,000 registered Independent (Unaffiliated) voters (98,924 (D)/126,141(R)) in Colorado’s third congressional district.

Casida says, “It is quite frustrating to see that a local paper can decide for an entire constituency what they want to see and hear, when it may be in their best journalistic interest to present all sides to voters, who can then make the choice for themselves. I think that the publisher and editorial board should be ashamed of themselves for being pompous enough to decide for Pueblo Chieftain readers who can and cannot be a representative in Congress.”

For more information, please visit: www.casida2012.com.

Originally posted at: http://casida2012.com/press-releases/colorados-oldest-daily-...



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advertiser boycott

I just called the advertising department (719) 544 - 3520 and left a message informing them that I will commence calling their advertisers and urging them to withdraw all advertising in protest of their decision to exclude Tisha Casida from their debate. PLEASE call the Chieftain and register your disgust with anyone you can reach:

http://www.chieftain.com/site/contact/ (719) 544-3520 / ( then choose advertising from the menu )

update: everyone call managing editor Steve Henson (719) 404 - 2750 ( you'll get his secretary / ask to speak directly with him / leave a polite yet forceful message )

be forceful yet polite, urge him to reconsider excluding Tisha Casida, and be sure to mention a possible advertiser boycott of both print and web editions ... be sure not to phrase your wording as a threat of any kind.

WOW...

" In other words, frankly, area voters have made it clear that they will not elect a candidate who is not Democrat or Republican. Unless that situation changes, we will not include other candidates in our forums because it takes valuable time away from those candidates who have a legitimate chance of being elected."

How would that voting "situation" ever change if you always exclude the independent or non-D/R candidate?!?! Offer them only the D/R candidates, then of course they will always vote the D/R candidate. What a joke!

You should be in those debates and they damn well know it. God forbid your district have a legit choice for office. You EARNED your right to be at the debates by getting on the ballot, no simple task that just anybody can do. Jesus, I think I need to take anger management sessions because "situations" like this seem to happen all too often in our country and I can't hardly THINK anymore from being pissed off. Good luck Tisha.

Silk30