On Saturday, August 16th, libertarians plan on protesting the exclusion of Shawn Quinn, the Libertarian Party’s candidate for Governor, from the Governor’s forum (a debate). Only the Democratic and Republican candidates will be allowed to participate in Saturday’s forum, notwithstanding that voters have another alternative on the ballot in Mr. Quinn. The protest will be held at 4001 Coastal Highway Ocean City, Maryland 21842 and is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m., hours before the 11:15 a.m. commencement of the forum.

It is typical for Republican and Democratic campaigns to collude to exclude third parties from debates, but that is no excuse for the debate sponsors (in this case the Maryland Association of Counties-the lobbying arm for County governments), Maryland Public Television (who will broadcast the debate) and the media to join in that collusion and allow it to occur so regularly.