Congressional Candidate Sues Mount Washington Valley Economic Council For Exclusion

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CONWAY, NH – A Republican Congressional candidate who did not get invited to compete in yesterdays debate is suing the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council. First congressional district candidate Andy Martin filed the suit in Merrimack Superior Court against the MWV Economic Council Executive Director Jac Cuddy, the economic council, TD Bank, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Mt. Washington Chamber of Commerce, Ham Charitable Foundation and Epstein. Martin, from Manchester, claims that it is unethical for the non-profit, tax-exempt entities to pick winners and losers in debates sponsored by the charitable entities, and that it violates both federal and state law.

Martin was not invited to debate due to the economic council’s rule that participants must have raised a certain amount of funding. In all there are 5 republican candidates vying for the seat in congress, but only two candidates had reached that level of funding in order to participate.

Last week the Economic Council held a debate with seven Democratic candidates.

Jac Cuddy told the Conway Daily Sun that because all seven candidates had raised at least 5 percent of the funds that the leading fundraiser had raised, they were invited to debate. Adding that they did they same thing for the four republican candidates, however only two met that requirement.

The Primary will be on September 11th.