A possible complication for Brown is the fact that Joseph L. Kennedy of Dedham - a Libertarian running as an independent, who is not related to the late senator - has submitted sufficient signatures to be on the Jan. 19 ballot. Libertarians tend to appeal to a segment of the Republican electorate.
Brown and Kennedy have also confirmed for a Jan. 8 debate on WGBY-TV in Springfield and a Jan. 13 debate that is being sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and held at Boston’s Faneuil Hall. Coakley has not yet agreed to those.
Which really calls into question Coakley's previous comments about how Kennedy should be included in debates if she for some reason does not decide to participate...It's the same tactic used over and over again by the media, they rarely include the third party candidates in any coverage, which makes it more difficult for a third party or independent to be treated fairly by the media...