Mr. Huff responded later saying they would now advertise their Mayoral Forum as a Democrats Only Mayoral Forum.
Of course, of the 8 Democrats who are “ballot qualified” some are polling in the 1-2% region far below the 6-7% DC area Libertarian candidates have been earning the past two years in actual elections.
At least we are on a first name basis!
Good morning, Bruce.
KPU forwarded me your email, as my office has been assisting them in planning the upcoming DC Mayoral debate on campus.
The 2/12 debate is open to all candidates who qualified for the April 1 ballot, of which there are now 8. In a sense, I suppose that this makes it a Democratic primary debate.
Hope this helps.
Andrew Huff | Director of Community Relations
The American University | Washington, DC 20016
p: 202.885.2167 | f: 202.885.3278
From: “Chandler D. Thornton”
To: Andrew Huff ,
Date: 01/18/2014 04:12 PM
Subject: Fwd: New contact form received
Begin forwarded message:
From: “Bruce Majors, Libertarian for Mayo”
Date: January 18, 2014 at 3:43:16 PM EST
Subject: New contact form received
You have received a new contact form message.
Name : Bruce Majors, Libertarian for Mayor
Email : Majors.email@example.com
Message : Is the February forum a mayoral candidates forum or. Democratic primary mayoral candidates forum?
It is being advertised as the former.
Thanks for any clarification.
Here is my response:
I am on the April ballot.
The Libertarians have a primary on the ballot on April 1.
The DC Libertarian Party has had permanent ballot status since 2012, when I ran for Congress and received 17,000 votes.
Our Ward 6 Libertarian candidate is participating in the Ward 6 candidate forum February 20.
I would ask that if your candidate forum is open only to Democrats you advertise it as a forum for Democratic candidates, not for candidates or for ballot qualified candidates, since I (and others) are both of the latter.
Else I will have to point out when people ask me about it that your advertising is fraudulent, even if out of ignorance.
——————————————————————————————————————So American Unversity is excluding me, so far, from it’s mayoral forum, which it has been advertising as a “mayoral forum” not a “Democratic Party forum.”. Their PR person said it is only open to ballot qualified candidates. When I pointed out I am ballot qualified, on the April primary ballot, he responded that “oops, it is just for Democrats.”. He promised that in the thousands of dollars worth of advertising theyare spending in the Current newspapers they will now try to label them as a Democratic candidates forum. Two interesting facts: 1) several of the 8 Democrats are at 1 or 2% in the polls, far below the 6% I got in an actual election in DC in 2012 or the 7% Sarvis got last year in VA and 2) the 8 candidates AU is spending thousands promoting in ads for this forum include the incumbent mayor and at least three incumbent city council members running for mayor – and AU gets a variety of benefits from the DC government.