Frustrated Voters Turning Green
By Jeanne Brown Williams
It's not easy being green. In the 1996
presidential election the Green Party received only 0.71 percent of the
vote. Yet this year the Green Party is looking to win Connecticut's electoral
votes for Winsted's native son, Ralph Nader.
hurdle in getting voters to take Nader's candidacy seriously is "People
Use the argument that [by voting for Gore or Bush] they are choosing the
lesser of two evils. We say they are choosing the evil of two lessers.
Some people think he [Nader] is a spoiled vote. You can't spoil what is
already spoiled rotten to the core," said Lancia.
Jean DeSmet, who heads the Windham County chapter, says "The Green Party startted in Connecticut four years ago as an alternative to the duopololy of republicrats. Republicans and Democrats are the same party. There is no choice for voters."
Mike DeRosa is running for state senator in the 1st District (Hartford & Wethersfield). "We have over 2000 people on the mailing list. In 1996 we received 24,400 signatures supporting Nader for president. This year we can do much better." DeRosa concedes that it will be an uphill battle but returns to the Green Party's theme, "Voters are using the arrgument that they are voting for the lesser of two evils. They are really voting for the evil of two lessers."
Apparently voters in the Nutmeg State are beginning to agree. Hartford recently elected Elizabeth Horton Sheff, a Green Party
candidate, for City council. Another five candidates are on the ballots
statewide for the November elections. DeSmet received 26% of the vote when
she ran on the GBreen Ticket for First Selectman in Windham.
"We want people to vote their conscience. We need to convince people that Ralph Nader is a viable option. There's no real difference between the two parties [Republican and Democrat]. One party just wants to get to the bottom faster than the other. It's time to say "enough" and move on to greener pastures. We think that this country is great and
we want to make it greater. We are asking people to think about
what they want rather than settling for the lesser of what they don't want.
It all comes down to representation versus mis-representation," stated
He and other members of the party view Horton-Sheff as paving the way for other Green Party members in the mainstream political arena. "She has the opportunity to bring different ideas to the Hartford City council." DeRosa Said that commitment to green Party values is an essen- [continued below]
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