Senate candidate files lawsuit challenging debate criteria

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – U.S. Senate race candidate Troy Hebert is asking a judge to block an Oct. 18 statewide TV debate, saying the criteria used to exclude him are unfair.

The former alcohol and tobacco control commissioner filed the injunction request Monday against Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Council for A Better Louisiana.

Hebert, an independent, is not fundraising for the Nov. 8 election. He objects to criteria set by LPB and CABL for their Louisiana Tech University debate because it required participants to have raised at least $1 million.

ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert (Source: WAFB)
ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert (Source: WAFB)

Only five candidates of 24 met that benchmark and the 5 percent polling requirement.

CABL President Barry Erwin says the criteria show public support for candidates and their viability. Hebert calls the financial criteria discriminatory.

A hearing date is set for Oct. 12.

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