The following was originally published in WSHU.com
An independent candidate for Connecticut governor who has petitioned his way on to the November ballot wants to be included in the state’s gubernatorial debates. Oz Griebel, a former Republican, made the case to reporters at a news conference in Hartford on Wednesday.
“We need to be included, and this is the pitch we are making to everybody. Because ‘A,’ we’ve got substantive issues and ‘B,’ Monte and I have developed relationships, established reputations, rather in this state for substance and for making substantive contributions.”
Griebel, the former CEO of the Hartford Metro Alliance business group, and his running mate, Monte Frank, who is Democrat, won access to the November ballot on Tuesday when the secretary of the state's office verified that they had received more than the 7,500 of petition signatures required. Griebel says that should be enough to secure him a place on the gubernatorial debate stage...