GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE “SPICYBROWN” FILES EMERGENCY COMPLAINT AGAINST DALLAS UNIVISION STATION SEEKING INCLUSION IN UPCOMING U.S. SENATE DEBATE
For Immediate Release
Press Conference: Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. on the steps of the United States District Courthouse, Laredo Division, 1300 Victoria, Laredo, Texas 78040.
Del Rio, TX – Emily “Spicybrown” Sanchez, the Green Party’s candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, filed an Emergency Complaint with the Federal Communication Commission’s Media Bureau seeking inclusion in an Univision Dallas debate scheduled to take place Friday, October 24, 2014.
The complaint argues that KUVN-DT violated the Equal Time Rule by including Democratic and Republican candidates and excluding the Green and Libertarian candidates in its debate.
“Not only did Univision exclude all of the female candidates in the race, it excluded the only Mexican-American candidate and the only candidate that actually speaks Spanish,” stated Emily “SpicyBrown” Sanchez.
The debate is scheduled to take place in English live at Mountainview College in Dallas and then later dubbed in Spanish and broadcast on Univision stations throughout Texas at 10:00 p.m. on October 25, 2014.
“This isn’t an episode of Mad Men and it’s not the 1950s. Television stations shouldn’t be allowing male candidates to debate and forcing the female and Latina candidates stay home and watch on TV. Its discriminatory and its unacceptable,” continued Sanchez.
Discussing her credentials as a credible and serious candidate, the complaint cites Sanchez as being a “working class, Spanish-speaking Mexican-American woman, single mother, physical therapist assistant, Occupy Wall Street activist, and poet” with a “strong anti-war, anti-fracking, pro-single payer universal healthcare, and pro-immigrants rights” message.
“It is important that Texas voters make the choice about who to vote for instead of some network executives making that decision for them,” stated Sanchez. “We are asking the FCC to enforce existing equal time rules by requiring KUVN to allow us into the debate or to give us equivalent time to communicate our message to the voters.”
The Green Party of Texas is proud to offer a broad slate of candidates this year. Several of our candidates have been actively campaigning across our large state and came together at a fundraiser in Houston on October 4th to talk about their messages. Pictured above are FIVE of our wonderful statewide candidates! From left to right: Deb Shafto, Emily "Spicy Brown" Sanchez, Martina Salinas, Kenneth Kendrick, and Jim Chisholm, GP candidate for Supreme Court Justice Place 8.Read more