Are Republicans infiltrating Arizona’s Green Party?

The Arizona Republic recently ran an article asking, “Is Green the new red?” In it, Green Party officials accuse their candidates for Congress in Arizona’s 10th and 24th districts of not following some of the party’s key principles and abandoning (or so it seemed) the Republican party on the very same day that they were nominated by the Green Party.

An excerpt of the article follows, and you can read the whole thing here:

Democrats smell a rat. They say the Greens, newly empowered as a recognized party with ballot status in Arizona, are being used as a stalking horse for Republicans. The theory: Green candidates could siphon enough votes from Democrats to help Republicans win.

The state’s Green Party has a similar take, which is why it opposes two candidates running as Greens: Margarite Dale in District 10 and Jack Kretzer in Yuma’s District 24. Neither adheres to some of the party’s key principles, said Angel Torres, co-chairman of the Arizona Green Party.

5 thoughts on “Are Republicans infiltrating Arizona’s Green Party?

  1. Eternaverse

    I heard about something like this happening in, I think it was, Florida.

    Perhaps this is a new tactic for the GOP. Maybe that’s how Nader has rasied all the money he has. ; )

  2. Ross Levin Post author

    I’ve actually heard that a lot of Republicans donated to him in ’04. And Republicans donated to a Green running for Congress in Pittsburgh in ’06. The money was actually from Blackwater, if you can believe that.

  3. G.E.

    Good for the Greens!

    They can liberate dollars from the wallets of criminal fascist Republicans and cause evil left-fascist Democrats to lose, all in one fail swoop!

  4. Morgan Wick

    “The theory: Green candidates could siphon enough votes from Democrats to help Republicans win.”

    Doesn’t running pseudo-Republicans as Greens kind of defeat that purpose?

  5. mattc

    “Doesn’t running pseudo-Republicans as Greens kind of defeat that purpose?”

    I would say that most voters wouldn’t really know much about that candidates themselves, especially on down-ticket races. They just know a bit about the party. So most of the votes that go to these Greens would just be protest votes that might otherwise go to the Dems.

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