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Gay Senate Candidate Takes Action Against TV Station


An attorney for gay U.S. Senate candidate Jacob Meister of Illinois has asked the Federal Communications Commission to find Chicago's public television station WTTW, channel 11, in violation of FCC rules after Meister was excluded from a televised debate of Democratic Senate candidates on last Wednesday's edition of the program Chicago Tonight, the Windy City Times reports.

According to a statement released by Meister's attorney, David Axelrod, on Wednesday, "It is unfortunate that we must seek action, but we must because WTTW has continued to refuse to permit Mr. Meister to participate in the program, taking the position that he is not a viable candidate. We had hoped that there would have been a remedy at this juncture. Barring that, this action is the right course to take."

Meister has described his exclusion from the debate as "damaging" to his campaign.

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