Green Party campaign videos: Howie Hawkins, Kat Swift, Laura Wells, Rich Whitney

Dave Schwab at Green Party Watch:

New York Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins has released 2 new campaign ads that will begin running on TV this week:

#1: New York Wants to Know…

#2: Howie Hawkins Green New Deal – Green Party

Hawkins’ campaign needs donations as soon as possible to get these ads on the air and maximize the Green vote. If Hawkins gets at least 50,000 votes, the New York Green Party will win a ballot line for the next 4 years, making his campaign one of the most important in the nation for Green Party ballot access. The New York Green Party, and Hawkins’ campaign in particular, have seen a surge in interest after Hawkins’ performance in last week’s gubernatorial debate.

Donate to Howie Hawkins for NY Governor to help put these ads on TV and maximize the Green vote.

Ronald Hardy at Green Party Watch:

Laura Wells, Green Party candidate for Governor of California, has this campaign video out:

Ronald Hardy at Green Party Watch:

kat swift is running for Bexar (TX) County Commissioner.

Dave Schwab at Green Party Watch:

Illinois Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney was barred from participating in a League of Women Voters debate in Chicago Wednesday night, despite the fact that Whitney earned over 10% of the statewide vote in 2006, establishing the Green Party as a major party in Illinois. Whitney and a crowd of supporters protested the exclusion outside the debate venue. The previous night, Green Party US Senate candidate LeAlan Jones had also been excluded from the League of Women Voters’ debate. Watch Rich Whitney’s speech in this video from the protest:

Medill Reports published a video report from the protest.

In related news, Whitney will air ads on MSNBC and Comedy Central asking that he be included in debates:

8 thoughts on “Green Party campaign videos: Howie Hawkins, Kat Swift, Laura Wells, Rich Whitney

  1. paulie Post author

    And from Poli-Tea:

    As I noted yesterday, since my initial post on the year’s best political ads for third party and independent candidates, a ton of new ads and campaign videos have been released by candidates across the country, and across the political spectrum, for elected offices at all levels of government.  In a series of posts this week, Poli-Tea will be highlighting some of the best new ads out there, but organized by party or political affiliation.  Today’s focus is on Green Party candidates.  Later this week, I’ll feature recent videos from Libertarian and Independent candidates across the country.

    Best Mashup Video: From Punk Patriot for David Curtis, Green candidate for governor of Nevada

    Best Anti-Duopoly Video: “Think Outside the Box,” from John Gray, Green candidate for US Senate in Arkansas

    Most Fearless Video: “Where are the fucking jobs?” from Howie Hawkins, Green candidate for Governor of New York

    Best Grassroots Support Video: “Moms for Hugh,” from Hugh Giordano, Green candidate for State Representative in Pennsylvania

    Hugh from Levinth Hour on Vimeo.

    Best Homage to “Moms for Hugh”: “I Support Jeremy,” from Jeremy Karpen, Green candidate for State Representative in Illinois

    Best Series of Attack Ads: Tom Clements, Green Candidate for US Senate in South Carolina, goes on the attack against his Republican opponent Jim Demint. Follow the link for all three ads.

    Most Street Cred: Laura Wells, Green Candidate for Governor of California.  The ad below features images of the gubernatorial candidate’s arrest outside a debate from which she had been excluded. 

    Most Creative Use of Political Cliche: In “Fresh Air,” Ben Manski, Green candidate for State Assembly in Wisconsin, suggests that we can thank the coal lobby for the traditional “smoke filled room.”

    Best Ad from a State Affiliate: In “Just Because,” the Green Party of New York makes its pitch for Green candidates in the Empire State.

    Many thanks to Green Party Watch, On the Wilder Side and Independent Political Report for keeping tabs on all these campaigns. They were indispensable resources for tracking down the above videos.  See also the Green Party’s video page.  And, of course, I am certain there are many Green Party ads and campaign videos I overlooked or simply did not see.  Did I miss one from a Green candidate in your neck of the woods?  Drop a link in the comments.  Stay tuned for a roundup of Libertarian and Independent ads and campaign videos later this week.

  2. Jeremy C. Young

    Someone needs to tell kat swift that it’s illegal to serve as your own campaign treasurer.

    Regarding the ads: I really liked the first Hawkins ad. Whitney has a great TV presence — I just don’t understand why he filmed that ad in front of a playground (since there’s no obvious reason, it makes him appear kinda skeezy). I like kat swift a lot, but I’ve heard her perform a lot better than she does in that ad — she needed to rehearse a bit more. As for the Wells ad, if I wanted to watch a PowerPoint presentation, I’d go to a conference.

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

    Poly ticks: many blood sucking pests!

    Sooooooooooooo many main stream and alternative types just make it up as they go along. They obviously do not feel that the rules, made by the Establishment Duopoly for sure, do not apply to them!

    kat swift
    Chelene Ward Nightingale
    Richard Milhouse Nixon
    Dick Cheney
    Cody Quirk
    Jimmy ‘Olympics Boycott’ Carter
    Richard Rider
    John Bambey
    Frank MacKay
    Edward Tessiler
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy
    George Phillies
    Ronald Ray Gun
    Doctor Donald J. Grundmann
    Albert ‘Buddhist Temple’ Gore

  4. kat

    Jeremy…actually it is perfectly legal for me to be my campaign treasurer. Check Texas Ethics Code on

    and yeah it was the end of a long day and was unrehearsed….thanks for the feedback

  5. Jeremy C. Young

    kat, thanks for the correction. According to the law, it would be illegal for your sibling to serve as the treasurer, but not for you to do so. That’s the exact opposite of the statutes in Maryland, which are the ones I’m familiar with.

    Good luck!

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