State Of The Green Party Presidential Race, Part 2
Yesterday, I began a review of the state of the race for the Green Party’s presidential nomination. Jill Stein continues her slow but smooth pace as the frontrunner, while the other contenders, including a venomous virtual viper and a prophetess, announce and then do no actual campaigning.
Today, that review begins. Is anyone but Jill Stein actually campaigning to become the Green Party nominee?
We start today’s search with Bill Kreml, who, like Stein, has some experience in running for a grassroots political campaign. He first ran for national office in 1984, and did so again in 1992 and 2000.
“Please be good enough to enter our presidential campaign into your files, Kreml said to the FEC 14 days ago, in a handwritten note on a piece of paper that had Kreml’s old address in Maryland scratched out, with the new address in South Carolina written above it in ink.
Kreml’s campaign web site is skimpy, consisting only of a little bit of text, bragging of the Kreml’s academic experience, and a video in which Kreml criticizes the Green Party’s distruat of strong government, which he casts as a legacy of the activism of the 1960s. “I am all in favor of the kind of grassroots democracy that Greens are in favor of,” he says, “but that alone doesn’t do it, because you need to have something strong enough in the public sector that is strong enough to stand up to the banks and Wall Street and the oil companies and the arms dealers and the insurance companies and you know the long list as well as I do, and the fact of the matter is that there’s something kind of residual in the Green Party, something in the gene pool there that says, ‘Well, we really don’t want a strong government.’ Really? So you want a weak government? Well, you have a weak government. Just read today’s paper.”
Will Kreml be able to draft an alternative vision for the Green Party, and make some national policy proposals? We’ll check back soon and see.
Justin Murphy of Indianapolis filed paperwork as a candidate for the Green Party presidential nomination seven months ago, but appears not to have been active as a candidate since. In May, Murphy received a notice from the FEC informing him that he would have to file paperwork to become a candidate again, as the name of campaign committee, “Broad ripple village” did not contain his individual name. Murphy appears not to have responded to the FEC.
Yesterday, I ended the review of Green Party presidential candidates with a description of Lesale Venomancer Deathbringer, a candidate whose very name reveals a not-so-serious run for office. I end today’s review with DJ Ultrapervert, who is running his campaign for the Green Party presidential nomination from Colorado Springs.
DJ Ultrapervert announces proudly that he is “One of nine most important cultural and political figures in human history”, and uses his Twitter account to share such important thoughts as: “Watch out for: boner on the dancefloor” and “I know that if i buy snacks at the market, then I will have a snacks breakfast the next day”. DJ Ultrapervert registered as a presidential candidate 6 days ago, but there have been no announcements about this campaign on the DJ’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or central web site. All we can see at these web sites are some images, not very artistically crafted, and not very provocative, even when they contain sexual content.
Unlike Justin Murphy, DJ Ultrapervert has not been contacted by the FEC with a request for a refiling of a statement of candidacy, because DJ Ultrapervert includes his name in the title of his official campaign committee: DJ ULTRAPERVERT for President 2016