January 6, 2010
HARTFORD — Green Party of Connecticut officials announced today that they are still pushing for Ralph Nader to enter the U.S. Senate race, despite the announcement of Senator Dodd's retirement.
Tim McKee, a Green Party spokesperson said, "Thousands of people are asking Nader to run and are willing to commit money and volunteer time if Nader seeks the Green Party nomination. On social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace, over two thousand people are asking Nader to run for the Senate in just a few weeks. This is still a national race with people from all across the country saying they want to get involved."
Steve Fournier, State Co-Chair, said, "With Dodd out, nothing really changes. Where does Richard Blumenthal stand on Green Party issues such as Single Payer Health Care? Ending the wars? Removing the influence of big money in politics? Only Nader and the Greens are answering those questions, not the Democrat machine."
Mike DeRosa, State Co-Chair, said, "Blumenthal is still in Federal Court trying to defend the state's unconstitutional Campaign Finance Reform and would not debate the Republican and Green Party candidates for Attorney General in the last election. His stances on election reform and other issues are very weak."
McKee added, "This election was never about Dodd and his corruption, or the national machine of the Democrats funding Blumenthal now. Drafting Nader is a grassroots effort by thousands of people who are sick of slick party bosses. We are stepping up our efforts to get Nader to run, raise 3-5 million dollars and win the race. Local meetings for the Nader campaign will be announced next week."
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