Washington Times: It’s a good year for independents

(excerpt from) The Washington Times
3rd-party candidates could tip tight races
It’s ‘good year for independents

by Valerie Richardson / October 24, 2010

Even political junkies might not be able to identify LeAlan Jones, Shawn Moody, Scott Ashjian and Ceci Iglesias, but all four could have a major effect on the political balance of power after Election Day.

They’re all running as third-party or independent candidates for office. It’s unlikely that any of them will emerge victorious Nov. 2, but given this year’s volatile political atmosphere, candidates polling in the low single digits can tip the scales in tight congressional and gubernatorial races.

“This is a good year for independents, given the political climate,” said Mr. Moody, who’s running as an independent for Maine governor.

Indeed, analysts who dismiss third-party candidates do so at their peril this year. In some races, the independents are doing better than the traditional candidates – witness…the Colorado governor’s race, where American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo, a former Republican congressman, is running ahead of the Republican candidate; and the Senate race in Florida, where Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican turned independent, leads the Democratic nominee…


Contributor’s note from KW

From the opening paragraph: LeAlan Jones is running for US Senate in Illinois on the Green Party line; Shawn Moody is running for Governor of Maine as an independent; Scott Ashjian is running for US Senate on the Tea Party of Nevada line; and Ceci Iglesias is running for Congress in Cailfornia’s 47th District, as an independent.

18 thoughts on “Washington Times: It’s a good year for independents

  1. Carey Campbell

    Interesting. Thanks for post.

    Will be sure to purchase a Washington Times tomorrow because of this story including Green Party candidates.

    There are some obvious Independent Green endorsee candidates in VA this year who are having a significant and positive impact on the the debate.

    Whether you cite Jeff Clark, in VA’s fifth district, Jeremiah Heaton in the ninth, Kenny Golden in the second, Floyd Bayne in seventh, or Gail for Rail Parker the Indy Greens are offering positive solutions.

    Here’s the new Indy Greens Youtube channel

  2. Robert Milnes

    It is NOT a good year for Independents.
    Former republicans go Independent or third party i.e. fake idependents. At least Ron Paul hasn’t pulled that stunt-yet. A few Inds. might make a difference which reactionary wins. Meaning a reactionary wins. No real Independents are expected to win.
    Delusional article.

  3. Catholic Trotskyist

    Robert is right. There were some promising independents (Cutler, Cahill, Crist), but they all refused to endorse PLAS, so they’ll lose, even if they will probably get more than 10% of the vote unlike most Third Party losers. The only independent that maybe, maybe, has a chance is Chafee.

  4. Kimberly Wilder

    (personal comments and opinion.)

    Dear Carey,

    No need to thank me, as I write for the joy of sharing information with sincere, third party activists.

    I do not consider the candidates you mention “Green”, and I think it is shame that your state government allows you to perpetrate that confusion.

    Your candidates are not in the real “Green Party”, just a kind of fake afterthought of a party pushing some popular ideas.

    (Also, real Green Party candidates are partially distinguished by not taking corporate donations. Do your candidates take that pledge?)

    In addition, I was at the 2008 Green Party Presidential convention where Gail for Rail was there to use her speaking time as a Prez candidate to drop a note of support for Mayor Bloomberg. Bloomberg! He is not green, grassroots, nor for the people.

    Your party and your work would have a lot more integrity if you dropped the name “Green”.

    Kimberly Wilder

  5. Robert Milnes

    Vaughn, make your case! I couldn’t find polling for Manski. Make a preliminary list, with polling & put it out there &here.
    If you have a point, somebody will go with it.

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

    Kimberly Wilder // Oct 25, 2010 at 7:45 am

    (personal comments and opinion.)

    Dear Carey,

    [Lake: the more email, the more REsearch, the more I hear ’bout the Wilders, the less impressed I am. But I haffa to agree 100% with her / them on the fakey dakey Virginia Independent Green Party. *personal experience* Sneaky sneaky sneaky!]

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




    MARK WALKER – mlwalker@nctimes.com North County Times – Californian [pro GOP rags ………..]

    Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010 9:31 pm

    photo From left, 50th Congressional candidates Francine Busby, Lars Grossmith, Miriam Clark and Brian Bilbray take part in a debate Monday at Del Norte High School in Rancho Bernardo.

    * Related: Elections 2010

    But [GOP Incumbent Brian] Bilbray was hammered during the 90-minute debate with his challengers for the 50th Congressional District seat, Democrat Francine Busby, Libertarian Lars Grossmith and Peace and Freedom Party candidate Miriam Clark.

    The opponents jousted with him on everything from gay marriage to gun control to health care. Supporters and detractors repeatedly punctuated the candidates’ answers with applause, boos and catcalls.

    Their primary complaint with Bilbray, his challengers told the more than 300 people attending the forum at Del Norte High School in an upscale Rancho Bernardo neighborhood, is that he helped lead the country to where it is today.

  8. Richard Winger

    I usually agree with Kimberly, but I think it would be wrong for the Virginia State Board of Elections to tell the Independent Green Party that it can’t have its name on the Virginia ballot. In a similar manner, almost all states let various parties that all have the word “Socialist” in their name be on the ballot. When Oregon refused, the Freedom Socialist Party and the Socialist Party allied and sued the Secretary of State, and won. The First Amendment was the basis for the court decision, saying if both parties want to be on the ballot and both parties have “socialist” in their name, that’s fine.

  9. Kimberly Wilder

    Mr. Winger,

    I am going to think about your position on the issue.

    I am probably biased by the way NY law does it. They try not to let two parties have the same name.

    But, I do think that when someone plays games and tries to pretend one party is another, there should be a way to deal with it.


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

    Citizens For A Better Veterans Home has tried to contact you and work with you for MANY weeks.

    We have mailed stuff to you, emailed you, asked you questions. Like DOCTOR Jill Stein, you and your husband do not appear very organized.

    We have asked you two a bunch of specific questions, some may have been out side of your purview. For example the Spring / Summer 2005 gross failure of California and national to ally specifically with neglected former military.

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm. But you could have opined why the greens just can not get it together with other anti war groups right of the political devide.

    In Balboa Park centrists and right of center anti war groups are rebuffed every March in San Diego County (California) by the organizing lefties. A continent away from you, fer ser, but you might have a clue to such alternative infighting(s).

    You two are grossly inert. You happily spew wisdom and focus on social events and then call it ‘poly ticks’! You do not let others in to the circle of two. You are cozy, and you (two) consider your self complete.

    Most of these observations are distinctly from my West Coast non Green Party perspective. But you are not universally loved, and some folks whom you consider your self your buddies roll their eyes in their head(s) behind your back(s).

  11. Kimberly Wilder Post author

    Dear Mr. Lake,


    I was worried it was something serious.

    I am not an enrolled green,yet I have done more work to support and advertise the Green Party slate than 90% of the greens in New York.

    So, guess I am not too inert.

    I looked over your list of questions again. Much silliness about pictures and symbols. And, when I do not even have any vote on any green committee.

    So, sorry to waste your time worrying.

    And, if people roll their eyes when they hear my name, ask them if they can point to something I have done wrong – besides ruffle the feathers of a lot of folks who could use their feathers ruffled.

    Peace and struggle,
    Kimberly Wilder

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