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by duff Tuesday, Jul. 01, 2003 at 8:34 AM




Contacts: Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610, Ross Mirkarimi, GPCA Spokesperson, 415-412-7526, John Strawn, GPCA Spokesperson, 805-689-2840,



SACRAMENTO - Following weeks of media speculation and misinformation

regarding the Greens' 2004 presidential election plans, the Green Party of

California (GPCA) is setting the record straight: the Green voters decide.

"The corporate parties maintain a top-down, smoke filled back room tactic

for anointing their candidates, usually those with the most money," said

John Strawn, a GPCA Spokesperson and member of the USGP Presidential

Exploratory Committee (PEC). "The Green Party of the United States (USGP)

has a novel democratic process which has included Greens' grassroots input

from the start, and it is Green voters across the country who will make the

decision in the end."

That decision will be the culmination of months of grassroots surveys,

letters to candidates, response analyses, Greens' feedback, and finally, the

PEC report to the USGP national convention next month in Washington D.C.

States will then inform a final PEC convention report, after which Greens go

home and decide in their respective states which candidate(s) to support.

State Green Parties will then form candidate committees to support their

candidate choices. Finally, Greens will choose their candidate next year

during the primaries (in states where Greens participate in primaries) and

at the national convention, with the participation of all state parties and

the Green national membership.

"Aiming to oust President Bush, progressives of all stripes - Green,

Democrat, Independent and others - are plotting an effective course of

action for a successful presidential contest in 2004," said GPCA

Spokesperson Ross Mirkarimi. "The Green Party, the only major party to

denounce the war in Iraq and the excessive reach of the Patriot Act and the

Homeland Security Act, is poised to electrify a voter orbit unlikely moved

by other parties."

OK, but what about Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D. -Ohio) or former Vermont Gov.

Howard Dean?

"If progressive Democrats like Kucinich or Dean win the nomination then

opportunities for collaboration may arise," said Mirkarimi. "However,

unless Democratic Leadership Council strategies change, it's doubtful that a

progressive Democrat can win the nomination, even with the assisted math of

Greens re-registering Democrat."

Santa Monica Mayor pro tem Kevin McKeown urges Greens to put their efforts

into Green candidates. "Worrying what to do if Kucinich becomes the

Democratic nominee," he says, "is like worrying what color ice skates to buy

if hell freezes over."

"There are many ways that Greens can help a Democratic contender beat

President Bush, but advocating that Greens re-register as Democrats isn't

one of them," said Strawn.

The Green Party of California P.O. Box 2828,

Sacramento, CA 95812 Phone: (916) 448-3437

The Green Party of the United States

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