[Marxism] Fw: Greens Reject Endorsement for Ralph Nader, Nominates Texas Attorney

DHE cuibono at rcip.com
Sat Jun 26 17:14:22 MDT 2004


Greens Reject Endorsement for Ralph Nader
Green Party Nominates Texas Attorney for President, a Blow to Nader's Bid to
Get on Ballots

The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE June 26, 2004 - The Green Party nominated Texas attorney David
Cobb as its candidate for president Saturday, dealing a blow to independent
Ralph Nader's campaign.
Nader, the party's candidate in 1996 and 2000, had hoped for the party's
endorsement and access to the ballot Greens have in 22 states and
Washington, D.C. Instead, he will have to find another way to get on the
ballot in those states, including Wisconsin and California.



Nader told party officials months ago he would not accept the party's
nomination for president, openly courting their formal endorsement instead.

But 408 delegates voted for Cobb on the second ballot to give him the
nomination. Maine radio personality Pat LaMarche was the party's nominee for
vice president.

Cobb has walked a line between praising Nader and questioning what his
candidacy as an independent offered the Greens as they try to expand their
status as a third party.

Had Nader won the party's endorsement, it would have been up to the state
parties to decide whether to present him as their candidate for president to
local election officials. Getting on the ballot in some of those states as
an independent could now require him to gather thousands of signatures and
meet other requirements.

Nader already has the backing of the Reform Party, which has ballot access
in seven states, but he has yet to be placed on any state ballots.

The delegate vote at the party's national convention in Milwaukee
underscored the deep divide among party members over who serves their cause
best Cobb, a little known party activist, or Nader, a prominent national
figure, but someone who has never joined the party and does not plan to.

Nader tapped longtime Green activist Peter Camejo as his running mate this
week, a step that was expected to bolster his chances of winning the party's
endorsement.

In speeches before the vote, Camejo, who ran for the Green Party's
presidential nomination as a Nader backer, and Cobb tried to stress what
they shared, not what divided them. Still, their addresses illustrated the
split within the party over Nader's candidacy.

Camejo portrayed Nader as the only option who could truly give voters an
alternative to the George Bush and John Kerry campaigns. He said Nader would
give the party the profile it needed to successfully build its base.

Cobb promised to support whatever decision the delegates made but warned
them many state parties could lose their ballot access without a nominated
candidate, an obvious warning about the possibility of endorsing Nader.


photo credit and caption:
 Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader speaks to supporters and
reporters at a Little Rock, Ark., campaign event in this June 18, 2004, file
photo. A watchdog group filed a complaint with the Federal Election
Commission against Ralph Nader on Friday, June 25, 2004, saying the
independent presidential candidate is violating federal campaign laws by
accepting office space and telephone service from a public charity he
created. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)





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