A state first: Former Democratic,GOP candidates abandon their own parties, endorse Green in CA congressional race
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 20, 2004
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
SAN MATEO – In what may be a first in California politics, former
Democratic and Republican congressional candidates have revealed they will
not endorse their own party's candidates in the 12th Congressional
District, but instead will support the candidacy of surging Green Party
candidate Pat Gray.
Republican Mike Maloney, the 2002 GOP candidate for the seat and Maad Abu
Ghazaleh, a Democrat who ran against the incumbent Tom Lantos in the March
primary, said they would be supporting Gray in November at a news
conference last Friday here.
The endorsement of a Green candidate by a Republican and a Democrat – the
Peace & Freedom Party also has endorsed Gray – may be a first for the
Green Party. Democrats especially refuse to acknowledge the more
"This is an indication of the universal dislike for Tom Lantos. He has done
enough damage with his pro-war votes and sponsorship of the USA PATRIOT
Act," said Gray. "It's time for Tom Lantos to move on...even members of his
own party agree."
Gray also cited an Associated Press poll last month that showed 4 in 5
voting Democrats are now opposed to the war, as opposed to Lantos'
continued support for the war. Gray is calling for an immediate withdrawal
from Iraq and repeal of the USA PATRIOT Act.
Earlier this year, Gray – a retired school teacher, labor activist and
grandmother – was endorsed by Academy-award winning film maker Michael
Moore, Global Exchange founder Medea Benjamin, San Francisco Supervisor
Matt Gonzalez and vice-presidential candidate Peter Camejo.
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437