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Dem Dam: Unheard candidates sue KERA in federal court


Greg Harman

It's not all about a Jimmy Carter-eggplant cross and a Palestinian comb over king.

Those of you who suffered through the two-way Democratic Primary debate this week (or follow the race in virtually any of the state media) will be forgiven for not knowing that a full seven contenders are actually vying for the Party's favor. You see, KERA, which organized the affair, found nearly three quarters of the candidates even less photogenic than former Houston Mayor Bill White and Farouk Shami, hair products magnate, seeking Perry's seat as Texas Governor. (See our last post, "Dem Dam: Candidates we won't hear.")

“It's gotten to the point where if you're not one of the chosen, or one of the elite, one of the blessed â?¦ you've got no chance,” said Star Locke, a Port Aransas builder running for Governor on the higher-faster pro-border-wall ticket. “That's like 99 percent of the people in Texas. I mean, my God, we're all working slobs.”

Now Locke and three other excluded candidates have lobbed a $400-million lawsuit at the North Texas television station alleging it violated their rights of speech, due process, and equal protection under the law, among other quaint notions of a long-ago America.

“By â??disqualifying' & â??excluding' plaintiffs from these debates the â??melt down effect' takes place across Texas with all the media,” Locke wrote in the complaint filed Tuesday morning in federal court in Travis County. “The â??snow ball effect' comes into play and soon all efforts by Plaintiffs to speak or be heard or campaign turns into a joke and Plaintiffs are even ridiculed as â??publicity seekers' or â??even weird.'”

Other candidates signing onto the lawsuit include San Antonio's Dr. Alma Aguando, Dallas teacher Felix Alvarado, and East Texas professor Clement Glenn.

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