Later this week, Dr. Jill Stein (above) will be in Baltimore for the Green Party's national convention. There she is expected to become the party's presidential nominee because she has secured the most delegates. Today she was scheduled to make an announcement in DC.
Speculation started early that she might be announcing Roseanne Barr would be her running mate. That speculation was misguided.
Instead, Stein announced she had picked, citing the woman's dancing abilities, Ellen DeGeneres.
No, I'm joking.
And it's a shame Rosanne couldn't have tried to make a joke this evening. Instead she's lashed out on her Twitter feed (go to Ruth's site and read her post tonight) implying the Green Party is racist. This morning, the press was convinced Roseanne would be the nominee and were noting she was scheduled to speak at the convention on Saturday. This evening, Roseanne Tweeted:
I will not be going to Baltimore for the green convention.
The two have a split in opinon on the Palestinian issue. You can read Jill Stein's position here. You can read Roseanne's here. After reading both, you may ask yourself, "Split?" Roseanne feels there is.
Daniel Lippman (Wall St. Journal) reports:
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein announced her vice presidential choice on Wednesday, naming Cheri Honkala, an anti-poverty advocate from Philadelphia and national coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.
“My running mate has been on the front lines fighting for the American poor, taking on the banks, taking on foreclosures, standing up for children most at risk,” Ms. Stein said.
Katy Steinmetz (Time magazine) adds:
On Wednesday, Stein and Honkala, an anti-poverty advocate from Philadelphia, stood in front of a Green Party banner—an eagle swooping in front of a sunflower filled with stars—and laid out their “Green New Deal.” It’s a plan they say will lower unemployment while providing options for free higher education, downsizing the military, ending tax breaks and addressing climate change. Stein, with silver hair and a bright wardrobe, spoke in measured tones. She said that while Romney and Obama were quibbling about who outsourced more jobs and whether the Affordable Care Act levied a tax or a fee, she was offering “the green future that we deserve.”
The campaign is banking on support from college kids—a good constituency for politicians who want to forgive student debt—and activists involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement. When asked whether the campaign aligned with the Occupiers, Honkala said they were the “perfect” candidates for the group, and ready to capitalize on people’s distaste for the 1%. “I am a formerly homeless mother of two children. I have spent my entire life living at or below the federal poverty level,” Honkala said. “Every day for the last 25 years, I have worked with poor and homeless families.”
I don't know Cheri Honkala but I have encountered her son several times, Mark Webber (he's an actor, director, screenwriter and producer). He's a very nice and talented person. The Stein campaign notes:
In 2011, Honkala became the first woman to run for sheriff in Philadelphia and the first and only sheriff candidate in the country to run on a “no evictions” platform, pledging to help families in foreclosure stay in their homes. She was a proud Green Party Candidate and received local and national endorsements, including from the National Organization for Women. Today, Honkala is internationally respected for her anti-poverty work and has received numerous awards.
FYI, at this point I am still planning to not vote for president this year. And I probably should have said earlier, this is C.I. filling in for Kat tonight. Do not read any of this as, "I am voting for Jill, you do the same!" I am not making any endorsement. (I will not vote for Barack.) There's a good chance that Stein could sway me into voting. If she does sway me, I will note that. But my intent is to sit this out. I'm filling in for Kat who is supporting Jill which is one reason I'm writing about this topic. Another reason is Jill is a woman and will most likely be the only female presidential candidate. Because she is a woman running for the highest elected office in the country, I will note her at The Common Ills. Ruth is covering the v.p. selection and Roseanne at her site tonight so make a point to visit Ruth's Report.
Cheri Honkala was Jill Stein's choice. Roseanne appears to be pissed about that.
It may be a publicity gambit, an effort to get the Green Party attention. It may be Roseanne being genuinely upset because she wasn't chosen. If that's the case, she's expressed that and has every right to do so.
Regardless, I hope the Jill Stein campaign is smart enough to use this. Reporters are going to be interested. She will need a stock answer. If it is funny, even better. But it needs to be brief, soundbyte size.
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