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Maine Green Party Fails To Run A Single Candidate For Congress in 2014

The Maine Green Independent Party has some exciting things to show on its front page this morning. Yesterday was the deadline for Green Party candidates to file their campaigns to run for Congress. Maine has three seats in Congress in play for this year’s election – one U.S. Senate seat and two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

This morning, the Maine Green Independent Party is showing the image you see below, featuring congressional candidate Ursula Rozum. Exciting, huh?

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There is a minor obstacle the Maine Green Independent Party will need to overcome if it is to elect Ursula Rozum to a seat in Congress: Ursula Rozum is not a candidate for U.S. Congress.

There is an Ursula Rozum for Congress campaign website, but that site represents a 2012 congressional campaign, not a candidacy in the current election cycle. Even back in 2012, Rozum was running for Congress in Central New York, not in Maine.

The Maine Green Independent Party has been unable to find a single candidate to run for Congress this year. The deadline has passed. If you’re a Green in Maine and you want to campaign for a seat in Congress, you’ll have to wait until 2016.

20 thoughts on “Maine Green Party Fails To Run A Single Candidate For Congress in 2014”

  1. Anonymous says:

    It seems like the image on the MGIP website was just a good image they had handy, not a literal call to support this particular candidate in this particular election. Is it possible that the Maine Greens actually thought about where they wanted to run candidates and chose strategically, based on the likelihood of actually getting elected? According to the party website they are running nine candidates for the Maine state House. It took 169,000 votes to win Maine’s first seat in the United States House in the last election. It took 2,140 votes to win Maine’s first seat in the state legislature in the last election. U.S. House District 2 = 147,000 votes. Maine House District 2 = 2,506. Looks like they decided to avoid wasting resources by seeking out much lower-hanging fruit.

  2. Tom says:

    Why bother? It’s not as if anyone really cares about the environment while working (being a slave to) industrial feudalism.

  3. Richard Winger says:

    Maine has the nation’s most restrictive ballot access, for a candidate of a small qualified party to get on his or her party’s primary ballot. If the federal courts in New England were of better quality, the Maine law would have been invalidated long ago. No ballot-qualified minor party in Maine has been able to run for either US Senate or US House in over 40 years. Only party members can sign, and 1,000 signatures are needed. Also the petitioning procedures are extremely cumbersome, requiring multiple trips to town clerks and the secretary of state’s office.

    1. hddhdhdhdue says:

      Wait a minute Richard. Are you telling me that the Green Party cannot get even 1000 of its own members to sign a petition? That is not an unreasonable threshold. it is pathetic that the Green Party cannot meet even this low standard.

    2. Stephen Kent Gray says:

      Richard Winger, Maine has the most restrictive? I thought several other states would be higher on the list?

      1. Richard Winger says:

        Other states either don’t require any signatures to get on a primary ballot, or a very tiny number, or they let any voters sign such a petition, or they make the number of signatures a certain proportion of the eligible signers. Maine doesn’t do any of these things.

  4. Kathryn Talbert says:

    Considering the performance I witnessed by the Green Party in the presidential election, I’m not the least bit surprised. I was offered a position to help get Jill Stein on the New Hampshire ballot — to campaign in the entire state for thousands of petitions (I can’t remember the number but it was a lot more than a 1,000), in a matter of four weeks. They had done zero campaigning and had no one live on the ground in the state at all.

    Then after I got a real job working for a subcontractor for the Democrats (yeah I know but they paid real money), I discovered a young guy in matlocks, a pair of torn shorts and a filthy T-shirt waving people down at 2 am at a gas station in Manchester and in one of the roughest parts of Manchester to boot.

    He had a clipboard, so out of curiosity I asked him what he was doing. He said he was getting signatures to get Jill Stein on the ballot. Yes, really, with two weeks until the election. At a gas station. At 2 in the morning. Looking like he just got out of a Phish concert. He was flagging people down and saying, “Can you just sign this petition so I can go home and get some sleep tonight?”

    Yeah, the left needs a “movement builder” like that like I need another hole in my head.

    Its almost as if the right wing were actually the ones running the Green Party as a parody, just to get us hopefuls truly disappointed and disillusioned. I have to say, it worked for me that night.

    1. Richard Winger says:

      Jill Stein in 2012 set a new record for a woman in a presidential general election. She got 467,000 votes, which is not only the highest number, but the highest percentage, for a woman presidential candidate in the general election. She also qualified for primary season matching funds, something no other Green Party presidential nominee had ever done except for Ralph Nader in 2000.

      1. J Clifford says:

        Richard, let’s compare 467,000 votes to the number that Hillary Clinton is going to get in the general election in 2016.

        Jill Stein beat Cynthia McKinney’s record. That is not a tremendous achievement.

        Jill Stein got 0.36 percent of the popular vote, and not one single delegate to the Electoral College.

        The Green Party won’t get anywhere if it keeps counting that kind of performance as a success.

        Postscript: Is the Green Party really going to brag that Jill Stein did well for a woman, and then claim to be progressive?!?

        1. Richard Winger says:

          Minor parties have had success throughout the 19th and 20th centuries without winning big office. They succeed by getting enough votes to get the major parties worried about losing larger and larger chunks of votes, if those major parties don’t start paying attention to the more popular ideas being pushed by the major parties.

          Furthermore, I was speaking, not the Green Party.

          1. J Clifford says:

            And has the Green Party enjoyed this kind of success, Richard? Has it gotten the Republicans and Democrats paying attention to its ideas? I don’t see the evidence for that.

          2. Richard Winger says:

            It is not easy for even professional historians and social scientists to know how and to what extent new ideas are spreading. No one realized how the ideology that supported the government of the Soviet Union was eroding, until suddenly in 1989-1991 things went topsy-turvy.

            I respect people who go out and work hard for their beliefs. That is admirable behavior, and it doesn’t seem useful for other people to scoff. If you have a better way of making social progress, do it, and let others do their method, but why stand around and make fun of good people who are trying to improve the world.

          3. J Clifford says:

            Here’s why, Richard: The Green Party isn’t going out and working hard for their beliefs. They’re talking a lot, as if they’re ready to get out there and work, but they mostly leave it at talking. The Maine Greens couldn’t even be bothered to find a photograph of an actual Green Party candidate from their own state, though there have been some. They couldn’t be bothered to recruit a congressional candidate and petition for just one thousand signatures.

            The Green Party people may be “good people”, but they’re not good politicians, and what the people of Maine, and the USA more broadly, need are good politicians who are willing to work hard for the right ideals. The Greens just suck the air out of the room, by making principled liberals who are sick and tired of Democratic Party corruption and center-right politics look like flakes.

          4. Richard Winger says:

            What are you doing to improve government and politics?

          5. Bill says:

            Richard, I think the key issue here is touched on in your statement “I respect people who go out and work hard for their beliefs.” IMHO, far too many people in this world confuse ‘working hard’ for ‘getting something done’. In politics particularly, I respect people who get things done, not people who merely work hard. The latter earn asterisks, while the former create a better world.

          6. Bill says:

            Richard asks “What are you doing to improve government and politics?” You mean aside from donating to and voting for the good guys (when I can find some)? Admittedly, not much. I’m kinda busy trying to cure cancer. But I’m not sure I accept your premise. People who aren’t, themselves, political activists have a perfect right (perhaps even a responsibility) to critique the conduct of political activists when they feel like they have a valid point to make.

      2. Bill says:

        I recently set a new record for the most raisins consumed at breakfast by an American citizen of Eastern European descent over the age of 40 wearing Levis. Like Jill Stein, it gave me the warm fuzzy feeling that I had accomplished something substantive, having really stuck it to the man.

      3. Stephen Kent Gray says:

        Fourth place isn’t something a third party should cheer about. It’s better than sixth place back in 2004 and 2008. They finally managed to get more votes than the Constitution Party once. That’s all. Instead of being the smallest of the Big Three, it’s in the middle. The Green Party though may even lose that status if other parties grow and become bigger knocking them down a few pegs.

  5. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    The March 17 deadline has passed for Greens, but others have a deadline of June 1.

  6. Chris says:

    I’m pretty sure Maine only has two Congressional seats.

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