I asked for help last week when KERA was on the fence about a debate invitation and you guys were amazing with your responses. I don’t know if Mr. Werner is going to be invited, but I was able to see his to KERA’s questionaire. This was totally lifted from http://waxahachiedaily.blogspot.com/. Thanks to Jonathan Blundell for covering this in MSM. Some excerpts:
At this time, I plan to delay my response to this questionnaire.
During our telephone conversation of Friday, July 28th, you indicated that I was the only one of the five certified candidates for governor to be sent this questionnaire””and that I remain the sole candidate not to have yet received an invitation to the debate. In the interests of fairness and equity, I will allow the other candidates to be given the opportunity to answer this questionnaire as well. In the interim, I will look forward to receiving my own invitation to the debate.
On media interest:
Thus far, my candidacy has been noted in national publications as diverse as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. I have been interviewed and/or extensively profiled by the San Antonio Express, the Dallas Morning News, the Austin Chronicle, Houston Business Connections, the Waxahachie Daily Light, The Austin American-Statesman, the Houston Chronicle, and other major Texas dailies. I have conducted lengthy on-air radio interviews with Jeff Ward of KLBJ Austin (with over 85,000 listeners), the Sam & Bob show at KVET Austin, Jeff Michaels of KUZN, and by KUT Austin. I have been interviewed by Channel 8 News in Austin, and Jacqueline Schechner of CNN for a story on Wolf Blitzer’s “Situation Room.”
Finally, I would like to address the question you posed about poll results. You indicate that you would prefer to see me approach polling numbers of 6% in an “established, nonpartisan” poll. Happily, I received nearly 16% in Texas Monthly’s July 2006 on-line poll””a well established poll that has been run for many years. Another established on-line poll by the Victoria Advocate places me at 31% in a two-way matchup with Chris Bell. I believe that over time, my numbers will continue to rise with respect to Bell and the other candidates. As you are no doubt aware, many of the larger polls have neglected to include my name among their possible responses. Clearly it would not be reasonable to expect me to register substantial support in a poll in which my name is not included.
On the issues:
As you are aware, I am the only pro-immigrant candidate on the ballot. I am the only candidate who calls for an end to the destructive war on drugs. I am the only candidate who advocates ending state-sponsored discrimination against gays. I am the only candidate who calls for universal choice in education. And of course, I am the only true fiscal conservative.
I have been asked why I care so much about thecampaign. After all, there are two high profile independent candidates running in a five way race for Texas governor. In short, the Independents do not represent my views. Mr. Werner is certainly as qualified as the other candidates and he is working his tail off to promote liberty and the only party that cares about it. He is deserving of our support. If some libertarians are excited about the Kinky campaign simply because he is an Independent with “juice”, then perhaps they should rethink their positions on the issues.