Matt Gonzalez has a colorful history as a third party candidate. He is the former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors as a Green. In addition, in 2003 he ran against Gavin Newsom for Mayor, losing a hotly contested race. In 2008 Gonzalez left the Green Party, joining Nader to run on his presidential ticket.
Despite this third party activism, Gonzalez is jumping way across partisan lines with his latest endorsement. Fog City Journal posted an open letter from Gonzalez to Nancy Pelosi. While the entire piece is worth a read, here is an excerpt:
I believe your refusal to debate [Republican] John Dennis should be openly met with the same disdain you have for public debates. I intend to vote for John Dennis and I will encourage everyone I know to do the same. No candidate who refuses to debate his or her opponent deserves the support of anyone, particularly after a history of failed leadership, such as the one you have exhibited. To do otherwise, is to sanction your refusal and encourage similar behavior by other elected representatives.
To be sure, I do not agree with all of John Dennis’ views, nor he with mine. But on the most pressing issues facing our country today, I believe we have more points of agreement (then you or I) and I respect his willingness to publicly defend those views.
The endorsement was not entirely unexpected, as Gonzalez also attended an anti-war rally with Dennis last month.
Other progressive activists have shown similar stances towards the Republican. Cindy Sheehan, a recent Peace & Freedom Party convert who posted a double-digit showing against Pelosi as an Independent in 2008, recently stated that, “He is a good person who is truly antiwar and truly wants to make the world a better place.”
Dennis is also endorsed by Republican Representative Ron Paul, the LP’s presidential candidate in 1988.