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CT Green Party Would Welcome Nader Run for Senate

Posted at onthewilderside. This story is a press release sent out on 11/17/2009 by the Green Party of Connecticut.

Green Party of Connecticut officials announced today that they would welcome Ralph Nader into the 2010 race for U. S. Senate and think he would have a good chance to win against current Senator Dodd.

“Since the media reports began in local and national web sites last week, we have seen hundreds of responses urging him to run.” said Green Party spokesperson Tim McKee. He added “With Dodd losing in many polls to the Republicans who have announced, we think Nader could be a clear choice to many who have lost faith in Dodd and his scandals with the banking and financial industries. To win, Nader would have to raise $3-5 million, which he has done easily in past campaigns and build an army of hundreds of volunteers for the race.”

State Co Chair Steve Fournier said “We have worked well with Nader and he knows the local Greens very well. We are very excited and can supply him with many workers if he chooses to run.”

Mike DeRosa, also a State Co Chair said “Nader is America’s Public Citizen Number 1! We just want to know when to start gathering the signatures for the petitions.”


Consumer activist Ralph Nader has run for President of the US on the Green Party line, and more recently as an independent.


  1. HumbleTravis HumbleTravis November 17, 2009

    I have always wondered why Ralph Nader hasn’t run in a U.S. Senate race. He has supporters across the country that would donate to his campaign & he might actually make it into a televised debate. I suspect he’d prefer to take on Joe Lieberman though.

  2. Preston Preston November 18, 2009

    This would be awesome.

  3. clayzero23 clayzero23 November 18, 2009

    I Nader would rather run as an inpependent candidate. I’d rather he run as a Green. But I think he’s more likely to go independent or to try to form another new party. Either way this is just speculation. I don’t think he’ll do it at all.

  4. Dave Schwab Dave Schwab November 18, 2009

    I don’t just want Nader to run for senate, I demand it!

  5. Trent Hill Trent Hill November 18, 2009

    If Nader runs, I’d predict at least 25%.

  6. citizen1 citizen1 November 18, 2009

    It has seemed to me that Nader has since 2000 succeeded in nothing but fracturing the Green Party. He has tried to create other parties and also run as an independent. He in my opinion has hurt the Green Party. I do think that if he runs he should run as a Green.
    As for Mike DeRosa’s question of when do we start gathering signatures, have the paperwork ready Jan 2 with a stand in if Nader has not committed yet.

  7. Third Party Revolution Third Party Revolution November 18, 2009

    Trent, it is impossible for somebody to win a race with 25% of the vote. It would have to be a 4-way race with another third party candidate who is a serious campaigner.

  8. Trent Hill Trent Hill November 18, 2009


    I know–when did I say he would win? I just said I predicted a ~25% showing.

  9. Michael Cavlan Michael Cavlan November 18, 2009

    ROFLMFAO @ #6

    How do you even begin to answer that little twisted piece of thinking.

    Democrats blame Nader for spoiling things.

    Now Greens blame Nader for spoiling things.

    If only Ralph Nader would quit speaking the truth and exposing the horrific reality, then the corporate duopoly and their legions of “progressive” apologists could go back to doing what they do in peace.

    With only “safe” and token opposition to the pro-war, corporate corrupted duopoly.

    Meanwhile, those of us who are SERIOUS about resisting and opposing said pro-war, corporate corrupted system carry on and organize.

    Onwards and Upwards.

  10. Just Observant Just Observant November 18, 2009

    @ Michael Cavlan: I don’t think Citizen1 is a GPUS supporter. His website link is to .

    It’s fine to be critical of the GPUS, just keep it real.

    Considering that the CT GP just encouraged Nader to run, that the party itself is supporting him.

  11. Michael Cavlan Michael Cavlan November 18, 2009

    Just Observant

    You are correct. My bad. The CT Constitution Party are just fruitloops. Nader obviously wouldn’t touch them.

    Good for the CT GP. They will probably support and help Nader.

  12. Bob Marston Bob Marston November 18, 2009

    Ralphie you rogue !

    There is nothing like the sight of a Hippie in Birkenstocks and pony tail flipping out like he is on an acid flashback.


    Keep up the good work.

    GO-WE-GO ! ! ! ! !

  13. Independent Joe Independent Joe November 18, 2009

    I would rather see Ralph run for Governor! With Rell out of the race, it’s wide open!

  14. Mike T Mike T November 19, 2009

    Ralph Nader ran for President in CT on the Independent Party line- he did not start a new party and I would love to see him run for Governor. We need him here more then in the Senate.

  15. JT JT November 19, 2009

    Why has Nader not run for U.S. Senate? Obviously because he’s a self-aggrandizing megalomaniac who thinks running for any office other than President is beneath him. He’s not interested in being 1 out of 100 Senators; he’d rather get very rich selling books attacking the rich.

  16. me me November 19, 2009

    Nader’s past ire was directed (rightfully so, in my opinion) at national and the disorganized and ultra-insular GNC. GNC would have not part in the endorsement process, just the CT state Greens would. CT Greens, don’t chase him away, don’t screw this up.

  17. Michael Cavlan Michael Cavlan November 20, 2009

    JT and Me

    First JT (who is probably the delusional CT, anti-pro-pot and whatever schitzo-effective name that has been used) Oh wait, this says it all and is the perfect response.

    Me- I agree. In fact I have noted that the CT GP does not vote in or have any involvement in the National GP. Mirroring many of the other states.

  18. me me November 20, 2009

    The Connecticut Greens do seem really cool about this, national has their PR welcoming Nader and saying that they would work for him.

    I voted for Nader in 2000 and 04 and McKinney in 08. Nader needs to stop running for president and pass the mantle, imo, but this Senate race would be PERFECT. Nader is not perfect, but next to Dodd, he damn sure looks that way. Having Nader in the Senate would be akin to having one of us in there, I am excited about this, if he runs, I will donate my time and money, as much as I can even though I live several states away.

    We all need to come together on this, as I said, the Democrats will fly every piece of neo-liberal trash out to CT to shill for Dodd as they did with the Gonzales V Newsome race.

    If Ralph runs, we can ALL DO THIS TOGETHER!

  19. Independent Green Party Independent Green Party November 25, 2009

    Thanks for the story.

    At a recent Green Party event for Ralph Nader’s new novel – a great fun book – several Green Party members urged Ralph to get in this race.

    Other Green Party members urged Nader to also become National Chairman of the Green Party to unify the Green Party leadership.

    The Green Party now has 7 c0-chairs, and no national Chairman.

    Many Greens believe a single Green Chairman, over a revised executive committee of 7 current co-chairs could provide clear, and effective leadership.

    Get more Green Party candidates on the ballot.

    Let’s all hope, that not only Mr. Nader runs as the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010. That he also gets elected.

    Go Greens!

  20. Independent Green Party Independent Green Party November 25, 2009

    Ralph as Green Party candidate for governor is also a fine idea…

    although…think he’s more likely to seek the U.S. Senate.

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