[Marxism] Ralph Nader, What Will this Chronically Disillusioned, Delusional Democrat do in 2012?

Erik Toren ectoren at gmail.com
Wed Aug 3 10:13:47 MDT 2011

Obviously, I am not in Ohio and can only base myself on LaBotz own writings
on this issue. The gist is that it took work and got a ballot position.

"Dan La Botz, a 64-year old Cincinnati school teacher, has filed petitions
with the Ohio Secretary of State to become the candidate of the Socialist
Party for the U.S. Senate. La Botz, who needed 500 signatures to get on the
Socialist Party primary ballot, filed petitions with approximately 1,200
signatures on Thursday, Feb. 18. La Botz, a long time labor and social
movement activist, is the candidate of the Socialist Party of Ohio which is
the state organization of the Socialist Party USA."

Sure. The Leg changed electoral law and LaBotz saw an opening, but some
folks had to actually go out there and do the work. I am not aware of Ohio
electoral law finer points, but having done something similar in Texas, it
does take time. And maybe it does take delusion to think you will get the
signatures, but let's not minimize their work either.


On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 10:53 AM, Mark Lause <markalause at gmail.com> wrote:

> To Erik on Ohio: the SP and the Greens had absolutely nothing to do with
> opening up the ballot access . . . other than wanting it happen, of course.
> For reasons known only to the state authorities announced a new set of
> rules
> that gave us a window of access.  And, after a few years, they've reversed
> themselves on it and closed that window.  The Greens are responding with
> some firm letter-writing and lobbying, I think, but I suspect it will weigh
> little in the balance.  We'll see what the courts do, I guess, but let's
> not
> delude ourselves as to our role in all this.

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