PA Dems need to reach out to the Green Party
by ArizonaDem, Sat Aug 19, 2006 at 04:28:39 PM EDT
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is currently challenging the Green Party's ballot access. Since the petition drive and campaign were largely funded and driven by the GOP in an attempt to take votes away from Bob Casey, the challenge is a legitimate one. Carl Romanelli, the Green Party candidate, should withdraw his candidacy, as did the candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor. The challenge looks like it will succeed and Mr. Romanelli will be taken off the ballot.
Rather than demonize the Greens, we need to listen to them and try to address their concerns. The two parties agree on many issues and should be working TOGETHER to oust Rick Santorum.
The bottom line is this: the junior Senator from Pennsylvania will either be Bob Casey or Rick Santorum. Even if Romanelli stays on the ballot he will not win, and could very well jeopardize Casey's chances of success (remember Ralph Nader in Florida?).
A plea to the Green Party of PA: please encourage Romanelli to drop out of the race. Of course, he may be taken off the ballot. Regardless, the Greens need to throw 100% of their support behind Casey. This race is WAY too important!