Medina Again Demands Invite to "Race for Governor" Debate; KERA Says, "Hang On."
Reason I asked who was invited was because Debra Medina's campaign just issued a statement saying invite or no, she'll be there: "KERA's position of supporting Governor Rick Perry and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison at this debate while excluding Debra Medina's participation clearly violates the IRS' prohibition against political campaign activity. It is obvious KERA is conducting this Republican primary debate in a partisan manner and with bias," says campaign press secretary Nelda Carrizales Skevington.
Fullwood says it's not like Medina's been excluded; it's just that they're waiting to see if she fulfills the criteria -- which says, among other things, "if a candidate receives a minimum of a 6% rating in an established, nonpartisan poll," they're good to go. According to the Texas Tribune's inaugural election survey, conducted a month ago, Medina's running a distant third to Perry and Hutchison -- but pulling in 7 percent nonetheless. Says Fullwood, via a follow-up e-mail, "We do not yet know whether Ms. Medina will meet the criteria, but we are continuing to gather information, and, if she does, she will be included."