September 7, 2010


Benjamin Pearcy, a candidate for statewide office in Arizona, lists his campaign office as a Starbucks. The small business he refers to in his campaign statement is him strumming his guitar on the street. The internal debate he is having in advance of his coming televised debate is whether he ought to gel his hair into his trademark faux Mohawk.

Mr. Pearcy, 20, is running for a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission, which oversees public utilities, railroad safety and securities regulation. Although Mr. Pearcy says he is taking his first run for public office seriously, the political establishment here views him as nothing more than a political dirty trick.

Mr. Pearcy and other drifters and homeless people were recruited onto the Green Party ballot by a Republican political operative who freely admits that their candidacies may siphon some support from the Democrats. Arizona’s Democratic Party has filed a formal complaint with local, state and federal prosecutors in an effort to have the candidates removed from the ballot, and the Green Party has urged its supporters to steer clear of the rogue candidates.

“These are people who are not serious and who were recruited as part of a cynical manipulation of the process,” said Paul Eckstein, a lawyer representing the Democrats. “They don’t know Green from red.”

But Steve May, the Republican operative who signed up some of the candidates along Mill Avenue, a bohemian commercial strip next to Arizona State University, insists that a real political movement has been stirred up that has nothing to do with subterfuge. [...]

The Democratic Party is fuming over Mr. May’s tactics and those of at least two other Republicans who helped recruit candidates to the Green Party, which does not have the resources to put candidates on ballots around the state and thus creates the opportunity for write-in contenders like the Mill Rats to easily win primaries and get their names on the ballot for November. Complaints about spurious candidates have cropped up often before, though never involving an entire roster of candidates drawn from a group of street people.

What else can you say about this? Dishonest. Deceiving. Detestable. See, the Republicans know that a great many youngful supporters are disillusioned with Barry Tumbleweed in the White House, and are seriously considering voting their conviction, which in many cases will mean the Green party, if a candidate is available.

By filling those candidacies with strawmen, the Republican whores know that the worst outcome for them will be that in any and all states, any and all elections where they put a "Green Party" candidate on the ballot... will weaken the Democrats in the upcoming elections.

So, to all those young folks out there, look at your candidates very carefully.

If it isn't a real Green Party candidate, fuck'em. If the Repbulicans want to abuse your right to vote your conscience (and it is too late in the current process to change anything about it), then vote for the Democrat. They want to play tactics with you? Tactic them right back.

And then, start building the Green Party up, from grassroots level. In your towns. In your regions. In your states. It will be a long and protracted battle, make no mistake about it, but in Germany, it took the Green Party a long time as well to get anywhere.

It's up to you.

They are trying to fuck you. Don't let them.