Politics Carl’s Bad
posted by October 18 at 13:15 PMon
Carl Romanelli, the failed-to-get-on-the-ballot Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in PA, has some mighty strange buddies for a lefty progressive. The latest from TPM Muckraker:
The candidacy of Carl Romanelli, the Green who made a run for the Senate in Pennsylvania, may not have succeeded. The Pennsylvania courts ended his bid last month; a disappointment for the Santorum campaign, since that means he won’t be siphoning any votes from the Democrat Bob Casey. But at least we’ve learned about the surprisingly progressive views among his Republican supporters.
When we pored over the contributor list for Romanelli’s campaign before, we found a lobbyist for Halliburton and a hotel mogul among the unlikely group. Now Will Bunch has discovered Erik Prince, the owner of Blackwater Security, which has the biggest mercenary security force in Iraq, is another closet lefty. Prince dropped $10,000 for Romanelli’s campaign in July. Apparently, when Prince isn’t using his connections to get a secret, no-bid contracts from the CIA, he’s doing what he can for people power. Who knew?
All of Romanelli’s money came from backers of Rick Santorum, and Romanelli’s efforts to get on the ballot were overseen by supporters of Rick Santorum. That’s the Green Party for you: Tools and fools for the radical right.