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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Carl’s Bad

posted by on October 18 at 13:15 PM

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.

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Wow. The Greens say they are all about ideals, but in practice they accept $ covered in blood. What a shame.

Posted by Mike in MO | October 18, 2006 2:13 PM

What alliegance, if any, do the various US Green Parties owe to the Green Party in other countries? Because the Greens in places like Germany and Australia don't shame themselves this way.

Posted by Fnarf | October 18, 2006 2:26 PM

Couldn't agree with you more, Dan.

So why is The Stranger playing the role of Green Party on the viaduct issue through it's dogmatic promotion of the no-rebuild option? Sure, it would be great to get some cars off the road, but no-rebuild has no chance. It just bleeds support from the tunnel, which would at least provide a public green space on the waterfront that is friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Where does that leave us? With a big, loud, ugly, elevated highway that saves a little money by cutting out the green space.

Posted by Sean | October 18, 2006 2:27 PM

FNARF: "Because the Greens in places like Germany and Australia don't shame themselves this way."

That's because the rest of the world has a parliament system with proportional representation. Under that system, Green votes put Greens in parliament, where moderates must form coalitions with them. In our winner take all system, green votes put Republicans in office.

Stupid, stupid founding fathers.

Posted by Sean | October 18, 2006 2:35 PM

No they don't Sean. That's why the Greens killed off most NDP seats in BC in the last Canadian election, even though they would have beat the Conservatives.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 18, 2006 5:39 PM

I wonder who contributes to Bob Casey's campaign?

I'm sure he only takes money from respectable people. Only Republicans and other parties accept campaign contributions from individuals and corporations interested in having influence in our government and/or the outcome of our pristine and above board elections.

Only the tools and fools of the radical right compromise their integrity, right?

Posted by patrick C | October 18, 2006 6:53 PM

The Green Party does not stand for ideals or any of that bullshit. They are a bunch of self-interested whores that are only concerned with helping Democrats lose so that they can claim that they would have won if they would have listened to what they want, thus increasing their "influence". They always have the same line: "I didn't leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me."

I would vote for Bush, McGavick and Santorum before I voted for Ralph Nader, Aaron Dixon and Carl Romanelli because at least you know what you're doing and getting by voting Republican. The Greens can fuck themselves.

Oh yeah, Nader said that there was no difference between Bush and Al Gore or between Bush and John Kerry. Does anyone possibly still believe that today?

Posted by Chris | October 19, 2006 5:51 AM

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