“I was actively discouraged from my original presidential run, because GP didn’t want to counter the Democratic nominee with a white male,” says former Green presidential hopeful now running for Congress, Alan Augustson. “When I objected, it was implied that I was racist and sexist.”
“[To me, the Green Party has been useless,” Auguston continued in an on-the-record statement to IPR. “It consists of top-down managers, committees of one, and personality-cult politics. I now consider myself officially free to speak my mind.”
Augustson is upset that his in-absentia speech to Green convention goers is being “supressed” by the Green Party.
“I see that my speech — one of the best I’ve written, and a hell of a lot better than the transcripts of the actual ones — is being suppressed by my alleged party. It’s nowhere to be seen or read.”
Augustson, who lives in Illinois, did not attend the Chicago convention, citing financial difficulties. He says the registration fee was nearly $300.
Patrick Kelly disputed that assertion on IPR:
Registration was $225 for the whole weekend. A $150 student/low-income rate was available, open to anyone to take advantage of. Early registrants could register for $100. There was a one day registration fee of $50. And to get into the Saturday presidential nominating convention was only $30. We had lots of people from many communities, some on fixed income or otherwise tight budgets who saved up, did fundraising in their locals, etc. For someone who lives in town (so had no travel and lodging costs) that there was just no way they could afford to come to the convention, quite frankly, is a little off the mark.
In response, Augustson says: “Patrick Kelly appears either to know my financial situation better than I, or thinks I’m lying about it…. And as for the ‘observer’ rate: please pardon me if I’m not content to spend campaign funds, just to flesh out the audience for Cynthia’s cameras. Patrick’s tone has been representative of the treatment I’ve gotten from the Green Party from the very beginning.”
Finally, Augustson has harsh words for Green nominee Cynthia McKinney: “Cynthia McKinney is a blip. Whatever her qualities, and I’m sure she has them, she will be portrayed in the media as brittle and flaky — to the extent that she’s portrayed at all. Since African Americans will be voting Obama, she will appeal to absolutely no one but the most guilt-stricken of white liberals.”