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Green Party of Pennsylvania pre-election press release

From the Green Party of Pennsylvania:


Green Party offers viable alternatives in tomorrow’s election

As the exchange of missives between the two large corporate-dominated
parties intensifies while the campaign season for the November 2010 general
election winds down, the Green Party of Pennsylvania continues to offer a
viable alternative that puts people before profits, and forwards a prospect
of real change instead of the tiresome rhetoric and empty promises of the
status quo.

“Our six candidates have worked very hard to knock on doors and hit the
ground with a message of optimism and future-focus that Pennsylvanians are
receiving as a much-needed breath of fresh air,” says I.K. Samways, the
Chair of the Green Party of Pennsylvania.  “The specter of Bonusgate left a
lot of dispirited and disillusioned voters in and around Philadelphia, and
we’ve responded by offering the very forward-looking and groundbreaking
State House campaigns of Ed Bonsell in Montgomery County, Skip Moyer in
Bucks County and Hugh Giordano in Philly proper to give voters some
much-needed alternatives.  Hugh in particular could well make history by
winning in a very heavily Democratic district (the 194th) or at least giving
them a very serious run for their deep-pocketed, corporate-dominated money.
Up in the Lehigh Valley, Dr. Rex D’Agostino has been endorsed by Clean Water
Action and is turning heads with his innovative ideas for clean energy
policies that would send the oil and gas companies packing to a more
appropriate place far removed from the corridors of power in Harrisburg.”
As Moyer points out, “There are so many solutions we do not use.”

The Green Party and its candidates, indeed, are focusing squarely on issues
of importance to the well-being of Pennsylvanians and their reality on the
ground.  For instance, the wrangling in Harrisburg between Governor Ed
Rendell and the Republican legislative caucus over Marcellus Shale
extraction comes as small comfort to those residents of Pennsylvania whose
future health and safety is at stake.  “Ed Rendell and the General Assembly
quibble over an extraction tax while our water resources are squandered and
our communities divided.  We need a 21st Century clean energy policy,”
remarks Jay Sweeney, who is running for State House in the 111th District in
northeastern Pennsylvania.  “We do not need to destroy the earth and our
environment to meet our energy needs.  No more drilling!  No more fracking!
No more mountain top removal!”

Ed Bortz, who is running for U.S. Congress in the traditionally Democratic
14th District in and around Pittsburgh, wants to lift the fog in Washington
that has descended upon that city thanks to the corporations and lobbyists
who virtually own the U.S. Capitol.  “As your Congress person from
Pittsburgh, I will confront the Corporate Parties in Washington who mortgage
our futures and well-being of our children and grandchildren by blindly
dumping trillions of our tax dollars on war and Wall Street bailouts,” he
resolutely indicates.  “Our nation needs to fund a 21st Century educational
system, transit, green energy projects, housing, and healthcare for
everyone… this is where sustainable jobs can be created.”

The Green Party of Pennsylvania proudly offers the following six candidates
as more than worthy choices to bring meaningful change to the cultures of
complacency, corruption and inertia in both Washington and Harrisburg:

For the U.S. House of Representatives:
Ed Bortz, District 14 (Pittsburgh and environs),

For the Pennsylvania General Assembly (State House):
Ed Bonsell, District 53 (Montgomery County),
Jay Sweeney, District 111 (northeastern PA),
Skip Moyer, District 145 (Bucks County),
Rex D’Agostino, District 183 (Lehigh Valley),
Hugh Giordano, District 194 (Philadelphia),

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that
stands in opposition to the two corporate parties.  The Green Party of
Pennsylvania stands for grassroots democracy, social justice, nonviolence,
and ecology.

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