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Candidate's Exclusion from Forum Criticized


June 21, 2007

The decision by a tax watchdog group in Iowa to keep some presidential candidates from attending its political forum in Des Moines next week has led to a barrage of angry responses from supporters of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, one of the Republicans seeking the GOP nomination.

Paul, a Texas congressman, will not be among the six GOP candidates scheduled to speak at the June 30 event in Des Moines. The forum at Hy-Vee Hall is jointly sponsored by the Iowa Christian Alliance.

Officials of Iowans for Tax Relief said the decision not to invite Paul had to do with his scant campaign organization in the state and his low ranking in Iowa polls.

Participating in the event will be former governors Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin, along with U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and U.S. Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Tom Tancredo of Colorado.

But Paul - like John Cox and Mark Klein, two other Republican candidates - was not invited because the invitations only went to those candidates who are "credible," said Ed Failor Jr., vice president of Iowans for Tax Relief.

"To plan an event of this scope, we invited credible Democratic and credible Republican candidates alike," Failor said. "We had to draw the line somewhere."

Failor said candidates who were invited had to have demonstrated evidence of an Iowa campaign and have visible signs of support, through surveys of caucusgoers. Democrats were also invited, too, but none accepted, he said.

That did not sit well with Paul's supporters, many of whom follow closely on the Internet the outspoken critic of the war in Iraq and vocal proponent of federal spending and tax restraint.

Among the several e-mail objections sent to The Des Moines Register, some referred to the decision as "tragic," "fascist," and even "evil."

"Shame on the bureaucrats who made this one happen," one Paul supporter wrote. "I hope they become aware of how evil they are."

Failor said he had received more than 60 angry telephone calls at home, a practice the Paul campaign said they did not endorse.

The issue took to the Iowa airwaves Wednesday when WHO Radio talk show host Jan Mickelson invited Failor and Paul's campaign chairman, Kent Snyder, on to his show.

Snyder acknowledged that Paul has no Iowa campaign office, although he expects to add to the campaign's two full-time Iowa staff soon. Paul has been in Iowa once this year. He has performed well on the two nationally televised debates and has established a loyal, and zealous, following.

"Failor's explanation is weak," Snyder said. "He should recognize that this campaign is changing. ... The landscape is changing and people want to see Ron Paul."

Reporter Thomas Beaumont can be reached at (515) 286-2532 or tbeaumont@dmreg.com


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Anderson Cooper comment on Ron Paul's exclusion

I got stuck in Chicago last night and the Airline I was flying put me up in a hotel. Needless to say I was tired and cranky but before I hit the sack I turned on CNN and to my amusement Anderson Cooper reported on Ron Paul's exclusion. "Hell hath no fury like a Ron Paul supporter" or something like that. Basicly he was reporting that the guy from the Iowa tax relief foundation is getting inundated with phone calls and emails. Needless to say it cheered me up and I slept a little sounder.

Letter To Iowans For Tax Relief & Iowa Christian Alliance

Iowans For Tax Relief/ Iowa Christian Alliance,

As a Christian Conservative Radio Talk Show host and a believer in freedom, I am outraged by your Nazi censorship tactics excluding Congressman Ron Paul from your "Presidential Candidates Forum". This is very similar to the actions of the Communist Chinese or North Korean leadership. This is obviously the work of the Neo-Cons in the Republican Party not wanting Ron Paul to succeed in his bid for the White House. Ron Paul is a grassroots candidate that is up and coming in this race. He is the only true conservative and Christian running for President. His record on Christian issues as well as taxes speaks for itself. His opposition to this unjust war in Iraq has obviously unleashed the attack dogs within the Republican Party. Both of your organizations are supposedly conservative and yet you exclude the most conservative candidate in the race. Obviously this was done intentionally and it stinks of censorship. Also for the Iowa "Christian" Alliance, how can you justify excluding the most Pro-Life and Pro-Family candidate in the field? There is no explaination other than either you folks are not a real Christian organization or you have been pressured by the Republican Leadership. Which is it? I along with America would appreciate an explaination other than the lame non answers given so far.
Ron Paul by the way was invited by both Fox News and CNN to participate in the nationally televised debates. Online Polls as well as both the Fox News and CNN polls showed clearly that he finished the debates as either the clear winner or close runner up. Once again, I would appreciate an answer as to how you can exclude the leading candidate from an online polling perspective.

I will eagerly await a response to my questions and will encourage my listeners to base their support for your organizations on your responses. Please respond to this letter with valid reasons from a Christian Conservative perspective why Congressman Ron Paul is being censored from your forum and yet Tommy Thompson the implantable microchip for humans candidate (Applied Digital Solutions), Mitt Romney the pro-homosexual anti gun candidate, and Rudy Guiliani the pro-abortion candidate have all been invited.

This reminds me of the days when a guy named Jesus was attacked by the dogs called Pharicees.

Thank you for your time and consideration regarding this important matter to all Americans not just Iowans.

Jon Arthur
Nationally Syndicated Radio Talk Show Host


Iowa Forum - How to Establish the Real Story

Pay close attention here. Iowans for Tax Relief's (ITR) Ed Failor told WHO radio's Jan Mickelson that ITR had to draw the line and invite only "credible" candidates. In today's Des Moines Register, Failor clarified that Dr. Paul had too little staff in IA (2 full time) and ranked too low in IA polls.

We need some information in order to evaluate the truthfulness of this statement:

1. How many full time staff did Duncan Hunter have on or about June 19th when ITR substituted him for Jimmy Gilmore?

2. What rankings in IA polls did Hunter and Dr. Paul have on that date?

3. What about the other second tier candidates' poll rankings and staff when they were invited?

4. On what date(s) were invitations sent to candidates? 4b. Same date for Hunter? Note: Tancredo and Thompson declared their candidacies on April 2nd and Gilmore on April 26th.

5. Was Fred Thompson invited?

6. What are the most current IA poll rankings for all 2nd tier candidates (I know that you won't like that term)?

Okay, without specifying a date, Failor told Mickelson that invitations went out in April. Therefore, the Iowa poll results that we need -- all available IA polls -- are from April through June 19th.

Might as well include the most current IA polls too.

GET THE INFO! Put it in an Excel spreadsheet. This is the only way to unequivocally prove whether Failor was lying.

Letter to Thomas Beaumont - Des Moines Register

Just sent this note off to the writer of the article above and asked him to do a follow-up article on Ed Failor's (failures?) background.

I copied FairTax.org. It should be interesting to see if I get any responses back.



Thank you for your article regarding the exclusion of Ron Paul from the upcoming Iowan political forum.

I would, however, take issue with Ed Failor Jr's version of why Mr. Paul was being excluded. I believe the real truth can be found by a quick journey into Ed Failor's background. There are some rather interesting facts there that I would like you to consider publishing in a follow-up article. These are:

1) Ed Failor works for the John McCain campaign as a senior advisor.

2) Ed Failor is a financial supporter of John McCain per the following:

Failor, Edward D Mr. Jr. MUSCATINE, IA 52761 Iowans For Tax Relief/Executive Vic $250 03/31/2007 P JOHN MCCAIN 2008 INC. - Republican
Failor, Edward D Mr. Jr. MUSCATINE, IA 52761 Iowans For Tax Relief/Executive Vic $1,000 03/31/2007 P JOHN MCCAIN 2008 INC. - Republican
3) Ed Failor is tied to an organization called American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) with a lot of big corporate money at stake. ALEC has the financial support of more than 200 corporations including Coors, Amway, IBM, Ford, Philip Morris, Exxon, Texaco and Shell Oil. William Bennett, Jack Kemp, John Sununu, and George Bush have all addressed ALEC sessions in recent years.

Other ompanies and industry organizations supporting ALEC's mission include Enron, Amoco, Chevron, Texaco, R.J. Reynolds, AT&T, the American Nuclear Energy Council, the Chlorine Chemistry Council, the American Petroleum Institute, and the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America.

So, I think the rather obvious answer for Ron Paul's exclusion is the monumental conflicts of interest Ed Failor has not only with respect to Ron Paul, but also with respect to the Iowans for Tax Relief group of which he is Executive Vice President. I would further suggest that Ed Failor is not acting in the public interest, but simply following the wishes of his masters who do not want truly free market activity or the loss of their corporate welfare.

Thank you for taking your time to listen.

Best regards.

Re: Failor


this link shows response to Jan Mickelson's interview with Mr. Failor.

Plano TX


As for candidates being credible, Ron Paul is the most credible candidate to come on the American stage in years. Why not cancel the invitations to so-called front runners and invite only truly credible candidates! I want a candidate that makes sense, not ones with deep pockets.
Charles Mendoza
Boca Raton, Florida

Floridians for Paul

oo hey, you're from Florida! People on ronpaulforums were just bemoaning Ron Paul's poor showing in a recent FL poll.


Apparently no one from Florida is posting to the forum over there... you could post over there and gain instant popularity.. :-)