I admit that I get way too much pleasure from this note by Robert Garrett at the Dallas Morning News:
On Friday afternoon, Senate Republican hopeful Tom Leppert, who along with rival Ted Cruz was attacked in the super PAC’s ad, called on Houston Public Media to remove Polland from the two-hour program. It begins at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Houston Public Media announced late Friday that Gary Polland has become so embroiled in the GOP primary battle that it no longer will allow him to play a key on-air role in Thursday’s “Conversation With The Candidates” U.S. Senatecandidate forum.
This press release precipitated the curb kicking:
Leppert Campaign Statement on Gary Polland and Houston PBS Candidate Forum
“Today, Texans For Tom Leppert Is Calling On Houston PBS To Remove Gary Polland As A Scheduled Moderator Of The May 3rd Candidate Forum.”1
DALLAS, Texas, April 27, 2012 – Today, in response to a false and negative television attack ad released by the pro-David Dewhurst Conservative Renewal PAC, Texans for Tom Leppert released following statement:
“The Dewhurst attack ad released today by the Conservative Renewal PAC is riddled with false and misleading accusations in an attempt to smear Tom Leppert and distort his record as mayor of Dallas. The ad also attacks Ted Cruz.
“The Conservative Renewal PAC is led by lawyer Gary Polland, who is scheduled to be a moderator of Houston public television’s ‘Conversation With The Candidates’ U.S. Senate candidate forum on May 3rd.
“It is no coincidence that David Dewhurst is making a rare appearance at a forum where one of the scheduled moderators happens to be running his Super PAC—the very same Super PAC that just started running attack ads targeting other candidates at the forum. Only a career politician like David Dewhurst would see this as a fair debate format.
“It is clear that David Dewhurst and his Super PAC supporters are committed to making a mockery of this event and this election, creating their own rules as they go along.
“Texans for Tom Leppert has formally requested the immediate cessation of Gary Polland’s Super PAC advertisement, which contains unsubstantiated statements and deceitful allegations about Tom Leppert’s record.
“Houston PBS and Gary Polland should be embarrassed for presenting ‘The Conversation With The Candidates’ as an impartial event even as Gary Polland spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to air false and baseless ads against Tom, one of the event’s participating candidates.
“Today, Texans For Tom Leppert is calling on Houston PBS to remove Gary Polland as a scheduled co-moderator of the May 3rd candidate forum.”
For more information, contact the Texans for Tom Leppert Press Office, (972) 977-4015.
LOL, how awesome is that? I’ve been trying for five years to kick Gary Polland to the curb, Tom Leppert does it in one day. Not bad for someone that wants to be your Senator.