LeAlan Jones Covered by Chicago News Collective

LeAlan Jones, the Green Party candidate for the open US Senate seat in Illinois, was recently profiled in the Chicago News Collective (which is in turn printed in the New York Times).  The article is well-worth a read, delving into Jones’ politics and history in radio journalism. This quote seemed especially noteworthy for political junkies.

Robert T. Starks, professor of political science at Northeastern Illinois University, said neither Mr. Jones nor his party was “on the radar screen” in the black community.

“But if he keeps getting his name out there,” Professor Starks said, “he could be a factor, especially among young people.”

Mr. Jones has been in the Green Party for only about a year. He joined initially to run for the United States House of Representatives from the South Side, but the party asked him to set his sights on the Senate because the Green Party had almost no presence among blacks and the party could help him more in a statewide race.

“We did pretty poorly on the South Side the last election,” said Patrick Kelly, the party’s spokesman. “I think that is going to change this time.”

In other Jones news, the candidate explains an old tax lien the IRS filed against him in 2006 here. Jones is running against Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias.

4 thoughts on “LeAlan Jones Covered by Chicago News Collective

  1. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

    [Lake: the heck with alternative politics, look how wonderful the Ds and Rs are doing!]

    The long shot Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene was indicted Friday.

    Greene surprised the party establishment with his primary victory in June.

    His arrest in November was first reported by the Associated Press the day after he won the nomination.

    A Richland County grand jury indicted Greene, 32, for disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity – a felony – as well as a misdemeanor charge of communicating obscene materials to a person without consent.

    Greene graduated from [the University of] South Carolina in 2000 with a political science degree.

    Greene, an unemployed military veteran, handily defeated Vic Rawl, who had been considered an easy win by Democrats.

    Up to that point, Greene had done no visible campaigning and had no website, fund raising or staff.

    South Carolina law prohibits convicted felons from serving in state office, but there is no such rule for the U.S. House or Senate.

    Greene has said he’s staying in the race. In the months since his victory, Greene has given a series of awkward interviews to reporters clamoring for more information on the man who lives in Manning with his ailing father.

    In one interview, he suggested that the state’s economy could be improved by making and selling action figures depicting him in his uniform.

    Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/08/13/2147949/scs-greene-indicted-on-felony.html#ixzz0wZnoE91I

  2. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

    Concerning so called State Hood Greens:

    Citizens For A Better Veterans Home [established in 1998] can not cotton to the illogical state hood of the misconceived District of Columbia.

    The lack of vote of DCers in [irony of ironies] presidential elections is not lost upon us. How ever we have never believed that the crumbling, bumbling American Empire needs yet another mini state.

    Geographically, another Delaware, Rhode Island, or even Connecticut is just not appropriate to the 21st Century and North America. Population wise, Long Island [New York State], and various COUNTIES in California, Texas, and or FLorida out do DC in a heart beat.

    State hood for DC makes as much sense as state hood for Guam and or PR: little or none!

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