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Ex-Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman objects after being excluded from PIX 11 House debate

Elizabeth Holtzman has been excluded from the PIX11 House debate Wednesday night, triggering a protest from the former Brooklyn congresswoman and district attorney as well as one of her major supporters — the National Organization For Women.

PIX 11 said Holtzman didn’t get the required 5% in its recent poll released to make the cut. She received 4.1% support.

“The Supreme Court is eliminating women’s rights. PIX 11 shouldn’t be erasing women’s voices,” Holtzman told The Post Tuesday night.

Attorney Dan Goldman participates in New York's 10th Congressional District Democratic primary debate hosted by Spectrum News NY1 and WNYC, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.
Dan Goldman garnered 22% support from Democratic voters surveyed in the PIX/Emerson College survey.
AP/Mary Altaffer, Pool

Holtzman claimed PIX 11’s heavy reliance on text polling undercounts elderly voters — and therefore an elderly candidate who is a proven vote-getter.

“It’s astounding that we have a person who has played a significant role in New York’s political history being excluded,” she said.

Sonia Ossorio, the head of the NYS chapter of the National Organization For Women, which has endorsed Holtzman, also cried foul.

“We have a senior citizen running for office ousted from the debate stage because of a poll that underrepresents older voters. Older voters are the most unreliable voters on the planet,” Ossorio said.

She said Holtzman is a “formidable” candidate who’s been “elected multiple times to multiple offices.”

Candidate Dan Goldman, the chief House Democrats’ lawyer during the first impeachment proceeding against former President Donald Trump, will be on the budget stage after finishing first in the PIX/Emerson College survey with 22% support from Democratic voters surveyed.

Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, who is backed by the Working Families Party, made the cut with 17% support, followed by Councilwoman Carlina Rivera and suburban Rep. Mondaire Jones each with 13% and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon at 6%.

PIX 11 executive producer John Tummino Tuesday night defended the debate criteria.

President of the National Organization for Women, Sonia Ossorio, speaks to press outside city hall on Tuesday afternoon.
Sonia Ossorio called Holtzman a “formidable” candidate.”
Daniel William McKnight

“We outlined the debate criteria. We stand by our debate criteria,” Tummino told The Post.

PIX 11 also posted a story Tuesday night that included a July 19 email from Holtzman’s campaign manager, Marlene O’Brien, who supported “your sensible rules and safety guidelines” for the debate.

Holtzman is not the only candidate to gripe.

Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou talks to supporters and volunteers before canvassing a neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. Niou is running in the Democratic congressional primary for New York's 10th District
Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou garnered 17% support from those who participated in the survey.
AP/Seth Wenig

Parent activist and former Legal Aid lawyer Maud Maron complained when she didn’t make the cut for NY1’s recent debate for candidates in the 10th Congressional District. Holtzman was included in that debate, which included six candidates.

The one-hour PIX 11 debate will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday at CUNY’s Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.

The newly drawn 10th Congressional District stretches from Greenwich Village through lower Manhattan to brownstone Brooklyn, Sunset Park and south into parts of Borough Park.

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