Third Party Illinois Governor Candidate Rich Whitney to appear on MSNBC 10/20/2010

From a Rich Whitney for Governor 2010 press release:

Rich Whitney to Appear on MSNBC

Carbondale, IL— Rich Whitney, Green party candidate for governor, will appear on MSNBC this Wednesday, October 20th. Mr. Whitney will be interviewed by host Tamron Hall on the show NewsNation live at 1:15 PM central. The candidate will discuss his campaign and the “Whiteygate” ballot scandal.

Wednesday, October 20

Who: Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney

What: Appearance on MSNBC’s NewsNation

When:  1:15 PM central

Where: MSNBC

Rich Whitney is a 55-year-old civil rights and employment lawyer from Carbondale. As a lawyer, he has fought for working people who have lost their jobs or had their rights violated. A founder of the Illinois Green Party, he has long been politically active in support of the labor, health-care reform, environmental, civil rights, and peace movements. In 2006, he served as the Green Party’s first candidate for Governor, winning over 360,000 votes and making it possible for Illinois voters to have a third choice on the ballot statewide.

5 thoughts on “Third Party Illinois Governor Candidate Rich Whitney to appear on MSNBC 10/20/2010

  1. paulie

    Rich Whitney for Governor 2010

    http://www.whitneyforgov.org

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—October 18, 2010

    PRESS RELEASE

    CONTACT: Brandon Punke, Communications Director

    Whitney for Governor

    618-434-0046

    media@whitneyforgov.org

    CONTACT: Doug Dobmeyer, Deputy Communications Director

    312-315-6887

    doug@whitneyforgov.org

    WHITNEY REACTS TO QUINN/BRADY “DEBATE” AT ELMHURST

    Carbondale, IL— Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney reacted with very little surprise to lack of substance in the debate between Governor Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bill Brady at Elmhurst College on Sunday night. Whitney emphasized that the scarcity of any real solutions by either candidate only furthered his argument that he should be included in all debates.

    “Last night only underscores the need for responsible civic organizations to include me in all future debates,” Whitney explained. “Quinn and Brady spent about 3/4 of the time attacking each other and most of the other 1/4 of the time speaking in vague generalities that did not address the question asked. Despite being asked 4 or 5 times, in 4 or 5 different ways, how they would solve the budget crisis, they still failed to explain how they would close the $13 billion structural deficit with any steps that would even remotely approach that figure.”

    “Pat Quinn’s main argument for people to vote for him is that he’s not Bill Brady. Bill Brady’s main argument for people to vote for him is that he’s not Pat Quinn. Well, guess what? I’m not Pat Quinn or Bill Brady, and I have an actual plan to solve the budget deficit crisis, using real math, where the revenues will meet the expenditures we need to fund our school, colleges, essential social services, public safety, environmental protection and the other core functions of government. I remain the only candidate in this race who has presented such a plan. And this adds a compelling reason why I should be included in all future gubernatorial debates. It’s not only the fact that the Green Party is an established party and that we have earned a place at the table. It’s not only the fact that the voters of this state deserve to hear all points of view so that they can make an informed choice as to who is the best candidate for governor. It’s also the fact that our state is in a fiscal emergency and the people of this state need to know that there is a candidate providing real answers. We have to fix our broken tax system, create fair taxation, tax the speculators, create a state bank and cut wasteful spending born of political favoritism, not legitimate public need.”

    Whitney concluded that “as I proved in Carbondale, it is clear that I should be included in all future debates. I answered the questions with direct, honest answers. It is pretty obvious that my opponents don’t have any idea what is going on. Quinn and Brady are so out of touch with reality that they think that the people of Illinois can’t see through their empty arguments. There is still time the League of Women voters to do the right thing for the state of Illinois and let me in.”

    Rich Whitney is a 55-year-old civil rights and employment lawyer from Carbondale. As a lawyer, he has fought for working people who have lost their jobs or had their rights violated. A founder of the Illinois Green Party, he has long been politically active in support of the labor, health-care reform, environmental, civil rights, and peace movements. In 2006, he served as the Green Party’s first candidate for Governor, winning over 360,000 votes and making it possible for Illinois voters to have a third choice on the ballot statewide.

    For candidate interview requests please contact Brandon Punke at 618-434-0046 or Doug Dobmeyer at 312-315-6887.
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  2. Carey Campbell

    Terrific news.

    All those emails, all those calls to MSNBC made by me and the Independent Greens of Virginia, along with Green Party folks across the land had a positive result.

    Maddow, Obermann, The Last Word…need to be next.

    Coming home tonight on the train, I talked with Larry Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former chief of staff. I’ve urged Col. Wilkerson to run for office as Independent Green in Virginia for at least the last 4 years. Did the same tonight. And or at least mention the Green Party the next time he’s on Obermann.

    Discussed our press conference from Oct 14th with him. He was interested. You can find it all on IndependentGreens Youtube.

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