Americans Elect Political Director Darry Sragow: OK, Yeah, our Goal actually is a Centrist Candidate
In spring of 2011, the privatized presidential nominating corporation called Americans Elect released fundraising videos declaring its purpose: finding a presidential candidate to speak for the “sensible center.”
By summer of 2011, Americans Elect had scrubbed all mention of its “sensible center” advocacy from its website. You can’t find any such reference on the Americans Elect website today.
In Fall of 2011, Americans Elect produced an “About” page on which it specifically denies it has any aspirations to promote “centrist” ideological candidates:
We have no ties to any political group — left, right, or center. We don’t promote any issues, ideology or candidates.
In the late Winter of 2011-2012, we’ve seen talk that Americans Elect never has been, or at least certainly isn’t now, dedicated to a goal of promoting centrism.
Last fall, when I decided to dive headfirst into Americans Elect, an organization planning to offer a centrist presidential candidate, I explained that I believe the political process in this country is out of date and dysfunctional.
Flip, meet flop.
It’s been obvious for some time to those paying attention that Americans Elect has centrist ideological goals for its presidential candidate — goals that matter because Americans Elect’s corporate-appointed boards have vast power to overrule rank-and-file delegates. It’s nice that Americans Elect has finally admitted the truth in public.