Connecticut newspaper profiles state’s alternative parties

Connecticut’s Greenwich Time has a Sunday feature on alternative parties in the state. The article says “only 0.2 percent of all registered voters are enrolled in ‘other’ parties, compared with the 44 percent who are unaffiliated with any party. The Democrats have 33.7 percent of the total registered voters in the state, and the Republicans 22 percent.” The state recognizes “at least 10 different political parties. Most are Connecticut branches of national organizations, spanning everything from Communist to Libertarian, and some are one-town or even one-issue parties.”

Connecticut Libertarian Party Chairman Richard Lion told the newspaper, “We don’t always get into the debates; when we do, it results in a huge improvement for us. But it’s almost like the Yankees and the Red Sox. People consider themselves either Republicans or Democrats, and no matter what you say, they’re not going to vote for you.”

Connecticut Constitution Party Chairman Tim Knibbs said it is “the tight time frame for collecting signatures from eligible voters and getting them certified that is the real challenge for minor party candidates. ‘Sometimes we don’t hear back until the deadline for nominating candidates is passed,’ Knibbs said.” Knibbs also observed that Sen. Joseph Lieberman “never joined the party that he supposedly started,” the Connecticut for Lieberman Party — which is now controlled by Lieberman opponents.

Also among the parties mentioned in the article are Citizens for Milford’s Future, Citizens United Party of Shelton, Communist Party, Enfield Taxpayers Party, Friends of Saybrook, Green Party, Independence for Montville, Independent American Party, Milford Independent Party, Norwich For Change Party, Orange Taxpayers Party, Pro-Bethel Party, Reform Party, Socialist Party, and Working Families Party.

11 thoughts on “Connecticut newspaper profiles state’s alternative parties

  1. LibertarianBlue

    The CT Libertarian Party should endorse Peter Schiff in order to help him out. Since I have a feeling that the media will ignore him and prop up McMahon as a savior.

  2. Cody Quirk

    The CT IAP has no relations to the Nevada IAP, and is pretty much an inactive party run by only two people in the whole state.

  3. HS

    For what it’s worth, a newspaper in Cobb County, Georgia ran a lengthy feature w/photo on the Georgia Whigs with an honest assessment on how difficult it is for a third party to make it. Besides Whigs, they interviewed a poli-sci professor and a very smug GOP chair, with mentions to the LP, GP and Reform movement.

    I know the Whigs get covered quite often on AM/FM radio shows and smaller, community newspapers rather than large metros, so assuming that LP and Greens are being covered in the same way, there does seem to be some interest in third parties these days among the local media.

  4. Cody Quirk

    Well it has a relation with the national IAP.

    = that’s pretty much not even a blip on the radar screen. Ever since their Utah affiliate lost ballot access and Bruce Bangerter died, the whole national party went under.

  5. citizen1

    Lieberman is not up for election in 2010 but the candidate of the CFL party is John Mertens.
    As for the Libertarian or any other party nominating Schiff it would not be proper at this point. Schiff will not run as anything but a Rep he told the LPCT that at their convention. Other parties need to nominate and get their own candidates on the ballot in case Schiff is not the nominee even if they plan on supporting him.

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