UPDATE: The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association won't hold a debate for the Democratic gubernatorial candidates.
The WBA Foundation Board issued a statement Thursday afternoon withdrawing their offer of a debate for the candidates.
Along with the gubernatorial debate, the WBA also said they would not hold a primary debate for Republican U.S. Senate candidates.
The statement, in part said, “There is a lot of interest in these primary elections, which is why we initially made an attempt to hold these debates.” WBA President and CEO Michelle Vetterkind said. “By withdrawing the offer for primary debates, others can now pursue candidate forums in their respective primaries.” Vetterkind added. “Broadcasters remain committed to helping Wisconsin voters make informed decisions at the ballot box and the WBA Foundation is looking forward to playing an important role in that process this fall.”
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association is taking another look at its decision to limit participation in a live statewide debate for the Democratic gubernatorial candidates.
The WBA said Tuesday it was only going to allow four of the 10 candidates to appear at its July 27 debate. Those invited would only be the four highest rated on the most recent Marquette University Law School poll.
That approach drew widespread criticism from the head of the poll, the state Democratic Party, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan and several of the candidates. Even Republican Gov. Scott Walker says he thinks it's a mistake to limit the debate to four candidates.
On Wednesday, the WBA tweeted that it has heard the concerns and "is considering its options." It said a statement would be coming within days.