California Green Party: “The Sanders Campaign Is Absolutely Destroying Us!”

By John Harkinson, Mother Jones, June 4th, 2016 (via American Third Party Report):

“The Sanders campaign is absolutely destroying us.”

Those are the words of California Green Party spokesman Mike Feinstein, who, in response to an inquiry from Mother Jones on Friday, visited the website of the California Secretary of State. He discovered, to his consternation, that his party has lost 30 percent of its members in the months since Sanders launched his presidential campaign. “I am apoplectically mad right now,” Feinstein says. “I am so disgusted with this.”

“They intentionally went after our voters because they are low-lying fruit on the issues,” he adds, citing mailers the Sanders campaign sent to Green Party members.

The steep drop in Green registration underscores how Sanders has energized California’s far-left electorate.

The party’s steep decline in registration—from nearly 110,000 voters in early 2015 to 78,000 now—represents a tiny fraction of California’s 18 million registered voters. Yet it underscores how the Sanders campaign has made deep inroads into California’s liberal electorate, tapping voters who may have never before considered voting for a Democrat.

California’s other major leftist third party, the Peace and Freedom Party, has also seen a significant drop in registration since last year, losing about 7,000 voters, or 9 percent of its members.

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5 thoughts on “California Green Party: “The Sanders Campaign Is Absolutely Destroying Us!”

  1. Massimo

    Political parties are, at least in theory, launched to promote a platform, not to be elected for the sake of being elected. If Ron Paul had been nominated when he ran in the GOP primary, or if he had a success similar to this year Sanders campaign, all the libertarians I know would have been elated, rather than worried about the LP.

  2. tylor

    Only time will tell, but I wonder if there will be a big whooshing sound back to the Green Party either in the coming months or on Nov. 4 in the form of votes.

  3. Steve m

    There has been a 7000 drop in Ca Libertarian registrations from February till the June primary. It will be interesting to see the November registration stats.

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