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Monday, December 13, 2004

Greens Claim Credit for Lois Murphy Defeat

Greens Claim Credit for Lois Murphy Defeat. After the 2000 presidential election, Greens in Pennsylvania took great pains to avoid the "spoiler" label. In the days after the 2004 election they are embracing it. Jennaro Pullano, the chair of the PA Green Party is absolutely crowing about the Green Party's hand in turning back Democrat Lois Murphy's challenge of Jim Gerlach in the Sixth Congressional District race. "Lois Murphy tried to steal democracy," Said Pullano. "She deserved to lose."

Pullano was referring to the challenge by Murphy and the Montgomery County Democratic Party of Dorothy Schieber's candidacy. Schieber attempted to run as the Green Party standard-bearer in the 6th CD race, submitting over 4,000 signatures. She only needed 2,000 valid signatures. Murphy hired an army of lawyers to challenge Schieber's petitions at a cost of $50,000, according to Pullano. The result was Schieber falling short by 8 signatures in Commonwealth Court.

The Greens responded by having a man in a chicken suit follow Murphy to events throughout the district. They disrupted a Murphy fundraiser at the Works Restaurant in Wyomissing, convincing some donors to leave the event. They ran ads in the Reading Eagle telling voters to vote against Murphy because of her opposition to democracy. They circulated a mock Murphy website that parodied her listening tour. Murphy ended up losing in a nailbiter, 51.1 to 48.9%.

"Murphy lost because she tried to sabotage democracy and we exposed her actions," said Pullano. "Democrats should take this as a lesson and stand up for democracy in the future."

Other PA Green leaders promised "to make the Democrats a permanent minority party" if they continue to challenge Green candidacies.


  • At 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    No wonder the Greens named her "Swiftboat" Murphy. The Democrats are becoming as slimy as Karl Rove.

  • At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The current system of ballot access in PA gives special priveleges to the RepubliCrat party. R's and D's need only a few signatures to get on the ballot while Greens, Libertarians, and Independents need a lot more. The D's attempt to keep Nader and Scheiber off the ballot was unnecessary and misguided because anyone who is going to vote for those candidates has already decided not to vote for either the R's or the D's candidate. We need Instant Runoff Voting to allow everyone to vote their conscience first and choose the lesser of two weevils afterward.

  • At 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    With what the Democrats did this year to Nader and Scheibeer, they have lost any claim to the high ground. The Greens are now the only party standing up for democracy.

  • At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Greens are politically sloppy in an organizational sense. They finger-point when they make obviously blatant tactical mistakes that will be exploited by their political opponents. This is the pot calling the kettle black.

  • At 11:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If the Greens are responsible for Lois Murphy's defeat then shame on them. If they are crowing about it I want nothing more to do with them. I am losing my respect for the Gs because they seem to only want to run in close races between the R and D and they give it to the Rs every time. I'm begining to wonder who's side are you on. We have an even more conservative congress than we needed to have because of their counter productive work.

    I will agree that the D are not on the side of the angels but there is a huge difference between were they are and were the R are and 100,000's of people are going to suffer bad from this administration in the US and world wide it is beyond stagering.

    And the pole is no pole at all. Talk about undemocratic. It was like offering a choice to vote for Bush or Cheney.

  • At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Do you Democrats really believe that a system that makes Greens get 10 times more signatures than Democrats is fair? Do you really believe that because someone didn't put their middle initial on the petition that their signature should be thrown out? You should all move to Florida with Jeb, Katherine Harris and the rest.

  • At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm ashamed to be a Democrat. Not yet ready to join the Greens.

  • At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am a former Green who voted for Nader in 1996 and 2000 and for Mike Morrell for governor in 2002, as well as Heather Urkuski for county commissioner. This year I worked Lois' campaign. Lois was not perfect, but she was a well-intentioned person who was endorsed by many progressive groups and would have made a much better Rep. than right-wing Bushite Gerlach. Shame on the Greens for playing the spoiler and shame on Jenaro for bragging about it! One of the reasons that Schieber's petition was tossed in court was because it had been signed by dead people! Hint-next time you need signatures, try getting a walk list from the county election services office instead of trolling shopping malls. It seems to me that the high-ranking members of the Green Party know they will never win anything so they like to play the spoiler so they can look important. I knew Jenaro in high school and frankly I'm surprised that stoner can still put together an entire sentence.

  • At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Greens are nothing but Republican shills dedicated to splitting the Dem vote. They make up any excuse to cover their actions while their party leadership is swilling mint julips by the pool with Ken Lay and the rest of their Repug cronies and laughing at the party faithful for being dumb enough to fall for the scam.

  • At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am a Democrat and a former County Chairman. I do not agree with what the DEMOCRATIC PARTY OFFICIALS did to Nader and to Schieber. Rank and file Democrats had nothing to do with it. If asked, I would have opposed the move.

    Yes the signature requirement is unfair. What is your plan to change it?

    What I don't understand is what did we gain by electing a conservative Republican?

  • At 1:28 AM, Blogger Rep. Mark B. Cohen said…

    It was disappointing to me in November when Lois Murphy was defeated for Congress, and it adds to my disappointment that Greens are taking credit for it. The stakes of continuing to have a Republican Congress continue to grow every day, and it could be so much easier than it is to mobilize the forces needed to change that.

  • At 10:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Greens are a bunch of idiots who crow about undermining Democrats and then will whine when Republicans put a nuclear power plant in their back yard. I hope they like the pretty green glow.


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