Working Families Party Excludes Rev Billy From Forum

3 07 2009

Last night the Working Families Party of New York held a forum for mayoral candidates in the city. But one prominent candidate was missing from the forum: NYC Icon and Green Party Candidate Reverend Billy Talen.

The forum hosted Bloomberg, Thompson, & Avella, but Billy Talen who stated via Twitter that he did, in fact, apply for the forum – was not processed as a participant.

The WFP responded on Twitter that the forum was for candidates who applied.

I was given the following information by the WFP when I, as an independant citizen, inquired via email the day of the event why my personal candidate of choice wasn’t being included:

Thank you for checking in with us about that. Please know that our Forum is for those candidates seeking the WFP endorsement. This is a long process that Rev. Billy did not choose to participate in – it’s not a question of leaving him out on purpose.

It’s easy to think that we excluded him on purpose, but our Forum is not a ‘nonpartisan’ event aimed at evaluating all candidates. It’s a WFP forum for those seeking our support.

I hope you’ll continue to be supportive of our work!

Best,

Charles

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Completely Bogus! You can bet I no longer support the WFP. If they’ll give misinformation about this then god knows what else they’ll lie about!

Rev Billy’s Statements: http://www.twitter.com/revbillytalen
Meanwhile a blogger at  No Power Grab, believes the WFP might even endorse Bloomberg:  http://nopowergrab.blogspot.com/2009/07/working-families-party-set-to-endorse.html
Given the sketchy nature of the WFP’s concealment of ignoring the good Rev I could almost believe it.

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5 07 2009
Working Families Party excludes Rev. Billy Talen from NYC mayoral forum

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