Green barred from another debate

For the third time debate organizers have chosen to block independent mayoral candidate Jackie Green from a forum in the race for mayor of Louisville. The discussion hosted by the Louisville Forum will feature Democrat Greg Fischer and Republican Hal Heiner, and is scheduled for this Wednesday at Noon. The decision to not invite Green, a bicycle advocate and small business owner, was made by the organization’s board.

The group’s president, Dot Ridings, told WFPL their policy is to not invite candidates who poll at under 15 percent to a general election debate. In the recent Courier-Journal/WHAS11 poll, Green came in with 2 percent of the vote among likely voters.

The Green campaign is renewing a previous call it made to other debate organizers and the major party candidates, demanding they support an open debate of the issues.

“The democratic process and candidate willingness to participate in closed and exclusive events is becoming an issue in this election,” Green said in a news release. “We need to discuss our energy dependencies, our local economy, the demise of neighborhoods, the destruction of local farms, the public transit and Ohio River Bridges Project debate, neighborhood schools and much more. It is lamentable that these important discussions should be shut out of the conversation.”

It is the third time over the course of the general election that Green has been barred from attending a campaign forum. Earlier this year, the Home Builders Associatio barred Green from the discussion and initially had Metro Police stop him from entering the building. Later, the Louisville Association of Realtors denied Green’s request to participate in their event.

In August, the Greater Louisville Hotel and Lodging Association did not invite Green to their downtown debate, but after petitioning lodging professionals, the group’s board acquiesced and allowed Green to participate.

The Louisville Forum is a public issues group, which promotes itself as an independent and non-partisan organization that “provides an arena for the presentation and analysis of vital issues affecting Metro Louisville.”


  1. Curt Morrison
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Ha. Love the Louisville Forum mission statement. #ELITISTFAIL.

  2. Curt Morrison
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Oh yeah, here’s a little transparency for ya. Jeff Barr is a director of Louisville Forum and Greg Fischer’s speech coach.

  3. Steve Magruder
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Methinks the people at the Louisville Forum forgot what the word “Forum” means.

  4. John Hartmann
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Again, Jackie Green is barred from another mayoral forum. This time from the Louisville Forum. This is the second time that Candidate Green will lose an opportunity to have city-wide exposure of his ideas as this “debate” will be aired on WFPL Radio. The last time it was Fox 41 television. Mr Green offers the only contrary opinions to the major issues because the Democrat and Republican platforms are very similar. So, tomorrow evening listeners will only hear a maligned offering of the issues in this important election as democracy in Louisville again falls flat on its face!
    Mr. Green is a champion for those citizens in our community who depend on public transit to get them to work, the doctors, to school…The other two candidates pride themselves with statements about how they are for open and inclusive government but they will proceed to tarnish our democracy by promoting themselves to the community in a closed and exclusive “debate”. I am not a candidate for Mayor but if I were I would be protesting Mr Green’s exclusion from the forum, so the citizens could hear all sides of the issues that will be so important to the City. I would be practicing good citizenship.

  5. Derek
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    I, and many friends who I’ve asked to do the same, are going on Greg’s “Fischer For Mayor” Facebook page and asking him, publicly and directly, why he won’t take a stand for an inclusive and informative political process.

    Please help us call him out:

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