Open Records Request Filed On IPTV Regarding Debate Exclusion
For Immediate Release
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Council Bluffs, Iowa-This morning, the Libertarian candidate for Iowa Secretary of State Jake Porter announced he is filing an open records request on Iowa Public Television (IPTV) regarding an episode of Iowa Press that was recorded on Friday, October 3 which featured a debate between his two opponents. The open records request will look into possible collusion and violations of Iowa law to keep him out of the debate.
Iowa Public Television claimed the episode of Iowa Press was not a debate according to an e-mail sent to Porter and they informed him that they did not set any criteria and that he was not invited. In 2010, Porter was included in an IPTV candidate forum with his two opponents when he previously ran for Secretary of State.
“It was amazing that they had a debate between my opponents that discussed fair elections and these two candidates didn’t even have the courage to stand up for a fair debate. If they don’t even have the courage to stand up to IPTV over a debate how can they be trusted to stand up for fair elections?” asked Porter.
Porter also said that an open records request would assist him any in future legal action against Iowa Public Television, staff, and their Board of Directors. “I’m not a litigious man. That is why I have lawyers.” said Porter.
In 2010, Porter received 33,854 votes in the general election, covering the margin of Republican Matt Schultz’s victory over Democrat Michael Mauro. Porter earned his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from AIB College of Business in Des Moines. After graduating from AIB, Porter moved to Nebraska where he worked as a retail store manager. Today, Porter lives in Council Bluffs and handles customer care issues for Yahoo.
Porter will face Democrat Brad Anderson and Republican Paul Pate in the general election.
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