Chicago Tribune gives Green gubernatorial candidate equal voice

In two recent articles about Illinois gubernatorial candidates’ opinions on major issues, the Chicago Tribune gave Green Party candidate Rich Whitney an equal opportunity to voice his opinion as all of the major party candidates.  Rather than a single feature article or no mention at all, the Tribune has decided, in a praiseworthy and rare move, to cover Whitney as an equal in the race, as he is.

Rich Whitney on crime:

Democrat William “Dock” Walls and Green Party candidate Rich Whitney said they want to abolish the death penalty.

Candidates for governor also differ on letting nonviolent offenders out of prison early to ease the state’s growing budget problems.

Quinn defended his administration’s plan to release about 1,000 inmates up to a year early to save about $5 million, saying they would be electronically monitored and weren’t in prison for crimes against people.

Whitney backs Quinn’s plan and said legalizing marijuana and decriminalizing possession of some other narcotics could help reduce jail overcrowding.

Whitney on guns:

QUESTION: “Would you sign or veto legislation banning the sale and possession of semiautomatic assault-style weapons in Illinois?”

GREEN

– Rich Whitney: “If it truly and accurately defines assault weapons in a manner that does not impair the rights of lawful gun owners to possess firearms for defensive purposes, and respects the rights of legitimate gun collectors, then yes, I would sign it.”

QUESTION: “Would you sign or veto legislation allowing concealed-carry for handguns?”

GREEN

– Rich Whitney: “I would sign legislation allowing concealed-carry or open carry – although … I would prefer that any such legislation allow individual counties to opt out if they so chose.”

13 thoughts on “Chicago Tribune gives Green gubernatorial candidate equal voice

  1. Kimberly Wilder

    Great news about the Chicago Tribune!

    Let’s send them flowers or something!

    (Much better than the Boston Globe, lobbying to exclude third party candidates from coverage and debates!!!)

    😉

  2. d.eris

    Are they also covering the declared Constitution, Libertarian and Independent candidates (i.e. Stufflebeam, Green and White)? Or is Whitney the only ballot qualified candidate at this point?

  3. Richard Winger

    Petitions for independent candidates, and the nominees of unqualified parties, are due in late June 2010. The Green Party is the only ballot-qualified party in Illinois now, other than the Dems and Reps, and all three qualified parties have their primary in February 2010, which is the earliest congressional primary any state has ever held in a non-presidential election year.

  4. Darcy G Richardson

    Terrific post, Ross. I’m glad the Tribune is providing Rich Whitney with this kind of coverage. He certainly deserves to be taken seriously.

    The Chicago Tribune has had an interesting history when it comes to third parties. In fact, Robert R. McCormick, the paper’s powerful publisher for more than four decades, proposed the creation of a third party in 1952, shortly after the GOP nominated Dwight Eisenhower for President.

    McCormick, who had been a fierce critic of FDR and the New Deal and an avid and outspoken supporter of Ohio’s Robert A. Taft in 1948 and 1952, hoped to form an American Party shortly after the 1952 presidential election with the intention of nominating a presidential ticket in 1956.

    In announcing its formation, McCormick reminded his audience how the Republicans had displaced the Whigs nearly a century earlier. McCormick’s proposal, broadcast nationally in a radio address shortly after the Republican national convention in Chicago that summer, drew widespread attention throughout the country.

    There was even talk of running New York’s Hamilton Fish, a rabid anti-Communist and isolationist former congressman who had been suspected of having ties to the Nazi bund during World War II, for the U.S. Senate on the party’s ticket that fall. At one point during the autumn campaign, the conservative publisher urged the Tribune’s readers not to vote for Eisenhower or Adlai Stevenson, the Democratic nominee, but later gave a half-hearted blessing to the Republican ticket.

    Not without controversy, however, McCormick later raised eyebrows by trying to read Ike out of the GOP in a blistering editorial the morning after his inauguration.

    McCormick, whose newspaper empire once included the New York Daily News and the Washington Times-Herald (which later merged into the Washington Post), boasting a daily circulation of more than 3.5 million readers — and nearly six million on Sundays — continued to push the idea of an American Party over the next year or so and was among those who founded the patriotic “For America” movement in 1954, an organization established to fight “super-internationalism and interventionism” in both major parties while working for a political realignment in American politics.

    By then, of course, the outspoken and opinionated publisher had abandoned his dream of forming a nationally-organized conservative third-party movement in the United States. The birth pangs were apparently too painful.

    Sorry for the trip down memory lane.

  5. Catholic Trotskyist

    The Green worthless loser will be defeated as the Democrats strengthen their hold on the great Catholic Trotskyist People’s Socialist Republic of Illinois, amen.

    I have to hijack this thread to point out that the Christmas movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” is a coded message foreshadowing Catholic Trotskyism. Frank Capra may have claimed to be a Republican, but he was really a Catholic Trotskyist.
    The conservative/ libertarian villain Mr Potter, was a direct foreshadowing, inspired by God, for Ralph Nader, whose evil masterminded plots allowed the Green Party to be born and brought the Republican Bush regime to power.

    Read the books Of Isaiah, and Hosea and Amos, amen.

  6. Don Lake .......... A Couple More Paul Harvey Moments

    Kimberly Wilder // Dec 19, 2009:
    Let’s send them flowers or something!
    [Or letters to the editor ??????????]
    (Much better than the Boston Globe [San Diego Union Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Kansas City Star] lobbying to exclude third party candidates from coverage and debates!!!)

    Chicago Tribune,
    435 N. Michigan Avenue,
    Chicago, IL 60611 …

  7. PFK

    Not to throw cold water on the Chicago Tribune lovefest, but these were both AP stories (Deanna Bellandi is a local AP reporter who covers politics…she deserves the credit for including the Greens.) Rich Pearson, the Tribune’s main local political reporter, routinely leaves Greens out of his articles.

    Not that it’s been all bad with the Tribune. They have endorsed a handful of Green candidates over the years, especially for state legislative races.

    By and large, the ILGP is no longer fighting merely to be fairly included in articles…we’re getting included for the most part. We’re still working on being taking seriously and being the focus of articles…and that’s on us…we need to step up and show that we are worthy of the coverage, that our candidates are viable, etc.

    I’m hopeful…Tom Tresser, our candidate for Cook County Board President, is really well positioned for significant media attention. He was the head of NO Games Chicago, which successfully fought the Olympic bid. Couple that with the fact that the Tribune literally counts down the days until the hack Democratic incumbent can be voted out of office. The Cook County Republicans as usual really aren’t offering anything. This is potentially a perfect storm…but we as a party need to do our part to make it happen.

  8. paulie

    Let’s send them flowers or something!
    [Or letters to the editor ??????????]
    (Much better than the Boston Globe [San Diego Union Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Kansas City Star] lobbying to exclude third party candidates from coverage and debates!!!)

    Chicago Tribune,
    435 N. Michigan Avenue,
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Like other newspapers, they accept LTEs by email.

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