Subject: RE: Camejo, elections, independent politics
aymery at ix.netcom.com
Fri Jul 11 13:10:00 MDT 2003
Very interesting discussion, indeed.
[Adam writes, in his discussion with Jose]
All of the energy that has gone into Peter's campaign has NOT gone into the
Green Party. The Green Party has *completely failed* to pick up on it
beyond Peter's campaign.
I ask you again--what has the Party done between elections? You have to
admit that the answer lies somewhere between jack and diddly squat.
Adam, here are some stata in regard to the GP (from an article I wrote on
Nov. 18, 2002 for Swans):
It's a party that got almost 6 Million votes in 40 states in the 2002 mid-term
elections (a week ago). It's a party of which 5 candidates received over a
quarter million votes and 11 over 100,000. Six of their elected candidates
received over 10,000 votes. It's a party that was overwhelmingly successful in
California. Its candidate for Governor beat the Republican Bill Simon in San
Francisco and Northern California by healthy margins. It's a grass-roots party
that has grown steadily since its inception. To demonstrate:
82 Candidates in 1996
28 Types of Offices
34 Types of Offices
50 Types of Offices
79 Types of Offices
Jose is correct in regard to the polls that showed Peter Camejo with 9pct
(actually I think I saw 10pct) of the CA vote while he received almost *no*
coverage on TV and the press (except in SF) and little funding. These were
remarkable numbers. There is a reservoir of dissent out there...
Last year, Jose referred to Peter as "red inside, green outside," a very
The GP may not be the perfect vehicle but it seems that at this time it's the
only vehicle that has *some* viability if one wants to break ranks with the
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