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2010 Green candidates on single payer

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selise's picture
Submitted by selise on

i met her and supported her when she ran in 2002. don't know her well enough to vouch for her (don't know any politicians that well), but am glad she is running again.

hope to hear more from other MA residents.

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Submitted by greenmassgroup on

When Jill Stein ran for governor in 2002, she ignited a real grassroots firestorm down the stretch. The grassroots support helped get her into the debates (where she appeared twice, to mainstream accolades). The contrast between the shallow, narrow political discourse of the Republican and Democratic candidates, and what Jill set out in little blips of truth and common sense in the time she was allowed, was striking. The mainstream press (most notably the Boston Globe) ignored her entire campaign, and then came out swinging against her as a spoiler as her campaign heated up. Her poll numbers at around 7% gave way to the drumbeat that voting for her was voting for the Republican (Mitt Romney), and at the end of the day she got about 3.5% of the vote, and adding her votes to the Democrat's still didn't match Romney's totals.

Eight years later, and Jill's message has only found more resonance, and her common sense solutions for the Commonwealth have become more relevant and urgent. The corporate candidates are lining up to defend business-as-usual. Deval Patrick's 2006 campaign of "Together We Can" successfully masked his Coca Cola, Texaco, and Ameriquest background, but his grassroots field operation was engineered to elect him, not to play a role in changing the political system (sound familiar? definitely the prototype for Barack Obama's "Yes We Can" operation). Republican Charlie Baker is largely responsible for Massachusetts' horrible debt-structuring around the Big Dig, so that the project is costing us $22 billion instead of the $12 billion it originally cost us (though it was SUPPOSED to cost just $4 billion). AND he's the recent CEO of one of the big health insurance players in Massachusetts, having raked in millions while our health insurance grew increasingly unaffordable. And the newly-independent Tim Cahill seems to be long on opportunism and short on ideas, and seems to be sporting enough baggage that I can't imagine him becoming a viable candidate.

Enter Dr. Jill Stein. She has tirelessly worked her butt off for the common good for well over a decade, and she brings so much talent to the table at a time when we desperately need her vision and leadership, stepping up onto Beacon Hill and standing up for our common future. She is just what the doctor ordered at this time of crisis.

I'm not a big fan of identity politics, but if the women of Massachusetts decided to elect a woman governor, they could do it one fell swoop. While Jill advocates a new system of voting called Ranked Choice or Instant Runoff Voting, where you simply rank your favorite candidates, the irony is that in this 4-way race she can win the race with just 26% (IRV would force any winner to have at least majority support). If the independents of Massachusetts wanted to elect a truly independent governor, not beholden to any corporate interests whatsoever, they could do it one fell swoop (50% of registered voters in MA are "unenrolled" in any political party or designation).

Check her out at www.jillstein.org, and see for yourself... she's the real deal and Massachusetts 2010 might offer the confluence of factors needed for a Green victory that can shake up the political system and permanently reshape the political landscape in Massachusetts, with reverberations across the country.