October 13th, 2010
07:53 AM ET
12 years ago

Candidate in California governor's race arrested

(CNN) - A Green Party candidate in the California's governor's race was arrested Tuesday after trying to get into a debate she was not allowed to participate in.

Laura Wells, 62, from Oakland tried to enter a debate between leading candidates in the race: Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman and Democratic opponent Jerry Brown, police said.

Filed under: 2010 • California • Laura Wells
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Debates should be open to all candidates! The Democrats and Republicans can not continue to hold our Government hostage with their monopoly.
    End political parties !

    October 13, 2010 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  2. Johnny Five

    This is what is wrong with our democracy. Who gets to decide who the "leading" candidates are? CNN and the rest of the media are the ones who limit us to two parties and push them into our faces. It is shameful that our government and media do this to the people. It is my hope the people see what is going on. We need a new form of media to overtake the current media being forced on us with ever important stories about naked celebrities and dogs swimming. All should be allowed to debate. Anything less is NOT constitutional and NOT of the USA and borders on treason and crimes against the people.

    October 13, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Dang it! For a second I thought it could be whitman for hiring illegals and lying about it or fiorina for stealing jobs from US citizens and the shareholders of HP with her golden undeserved parachute.
    Oh well , , , , , there's still time.

    October 13, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Joe

    What is this? We live in USA not some country that only allows certain people (Political parties) to be heard. Any one that is on the ballot needs to be heard! We need new rules pertaining to elections!

    October 13, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. barry

    I read the headline and my first thought was, they're finally going to do something about Jerry Browns crooked ways. Looks like it wasn't the bigot after all.

    October 13, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. William Jefferson

    From the headline thought it wold be whitman for her hiring of illegals and breaking social security and employer regulations.

    October 13, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. Henke

    It's a 2 party dictatorship in the US. Only the 2 leading parties are allowed to debate. What a democracy...!

    October 13, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. randy

    Look what happens when the 2 party system feels threatened. If they are on the ballot, they should be in the debate.

    October 13, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Debates should include all candidates. To restrict a debate to only the 2 main parties, is a travesty of democracy.

    October 13, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    God forbid we should be allowed to hear another viewpoint besides those of the lunatic fringe far right corporate party (R's) or the not-quite-so-far-right corporate party (D's). Have a nice day!

    October 13, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Clarification please: Is Ms. Wells on the ballot? If she is she shouldn't have been excluded from the debate. Trying to get access to same with a phony ticket, however, was not the brightest idea she may have had.

    October 13, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. doug

    How times have changed. The green party candidate is now the conservative Democrat, compared to the DNC these days.

    Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck from Saudi Arabia will continue to donate to the DNC candidates, along with the king of the Democrats, George Soros.

    October 13, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |