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From: Craig Seeman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 11:03 AM
Subject: Re: Your opinions on how to grow the Green Party
Sandy and everyone else on this list.I like to win. In fact, losing sucks. Many of you may feel the same.I ran a campaign against Jackie Speier even though I knew I couldn't win. My message – very much the same as is on the NotMyPriorities.org web site. Speier did not have a voice in the anti-war community before. She does not now. Yet, her opening statement on the floor of the House was bring our troops home now. Republicans booed her and walked out. Most of that campaign was financed out of my pocket. GPCA leadership didn't have anything to do with it.San Francisco has a lot of registered Greens. We used to have elected Greens. Not now. No Green candidates last fall. I believe that our elected Greens left us because we are too disorganized. We enjoy fighting amongst ourselves. Many of us spend too much time sending long e-mail messages, criticizing each other and promoting what we think is the best way to move forward. Who has the time to read all of this stuff? I don't.Should we organize in Oakland? Absolutely. We should also organize in San Francisco and Orange County – every part of the state. Should we run a candidate against Barbara Lee? Some would say yes. I say no. If I lived in Oakland, I might vote for her. She should be a Green. Should we run a candidate against Nancy Pelosi? I'm still trying to decide. Many Greens think that we can be most effective running candidates in local elections rather than in elections they perceive we can not win. My campaigns have been about raising issues and giving greater visibility to Green ideas. GPCA provides almost no funding for any candidate. The same can be said for local Green parties.I'm glad to have contributed financially in 2004 to Pat Gray's campaign. I ran in the Green Party primary against her. Pat recruited me. She had already been running for almost a year. But, she knew that if Greens had a contested primary, we would get more press. It was brilliant. We were invited to public forums and debates. We were interviewed by the local media. Our comments appeared in the press. She won our primary convincingly (one might say, she cleaned my clock). Did all of this translate into a larger Green voter base? No. Why it did not is, to me, one of the most difficult questions for Greens today.My apologies for writing such a long response. Politics is best done face to face and in my mind over a very good beer.Barry HermansonHello Micheas, Hello Ankur,Thank you both for your valuable input on Green campaigns, candidates and shared Green futures.As Dennis the Menace said, "I'm not a poor sport! I just like to win!"Michaes, Lawrence Lessig had a classy, insightful concess
ion speech; thanks for including it. Did you design it; it was great! But I love it when someone makes my point for me!In 2004, incumbent Tom Lantos won his California 12th Congressional District seat with 171,852 votes, or 68% plurality, against three opponents. Republican Mike Garza won 52,593 votes, and Green candidate Patricia Gray netted 9%, with 23,030 votes. I'm sure Pat sincerely appreciated all the hard work San Mateo and San Francisco Greens contributed to her campaign.Both the 2008 race, albeit a special election, as well as Pat Gray's race in 2004, illustrate the high cost and low return for Greens to compete in electoral districts with little or no chance to win, or even to influence the outcome, versus in inland, poorer, more ethnically diverse areas.. State Green Party officials still appear to believe, this is the type of political struggle to which we should rededicate ourselves. Median income in CD 12 is $70,000, as compared with neighboring CD 9, which includes all of Oakland, $44,000. While I can't comment on personalities in this District, I'm sure lower income residents of this District would have more strongly gravitated to Green ideology, far more so than the well-heeled, entrenched progressives, liberals and conservatives across the Bay. A primary mission must first be to build a party by running candidates who'll inspire new Greens.As ever,Sandy StiassniP.S. Ankur, I accept your invitation to collaboratively work on a Green campaign for California CD 36 special election! But it's not me you need to convince; there appear to be other LA Greens inside or closeby this District, who appear to lean toward two of the Democratic party challengers.
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