“Independent Green” Party of Virginia
(Update 2: August 26, 2008) The recent brouhaha over who the IGVP will lend its ballot line to is discussed in some detail here at Ballot Access News. Briefly: the party had circulated petitions for a Bloomberg/Paul presidential ticket. The use of stand-in nominees is common practice when petitioning begins before a makes its nomination. Now that petitioning in Virginia is complete, it is unclear who the IGVP will actually place on the ballot. IGVP chairman Carey Campbell told Elizabeth Benjamin of the NY Daily News that he was going to keep Bloomberg on the ballot. Richard Winger of Ballot Access News is reporting that Carey told Winger that he was giving the line Chuck Baldwin, of the Constitution Party, a right-wing Christian party very unlike the Greens or Bloomberg, for that matter. The Virginia State Board of Elections meets in the third week of every month.)
(Update: August 18, 2008. I will revise this post again when I can find more information on the Independent Green Party of Virginia, when it is available on the web. Some of what was written below is self-evidently partisan. I would appreciate (and I think other interested persons would as well) if supporters of the IGVP published more about the party on the internet: what distinguishes it, why they are working outside the two party system, and what distinguishes them from the Greens and from the Reform Party, a movement that their positions resemble.)
Right now, minor parties around the country will be conducting petition drives toward ballot access in November.
Aside from the inherent difficulties in obtain the proper number of signatures in the proper format by the proper people, the fractious and in some cases duplicitious nature of independent politics creates further complications.
A good example is what’s going on in Virginia. Virginia requires petitions containing the valid signatures of 10,000 registered voters, including at least 400 valid signatures from each of the eleven congressional districts.
The Green Party affiliate in Virginia can be found here: http://www.vagreenparty.org/.
There is not much green in the IGPVa platform, except for the near constant references to passenger rail. The party was gearing up to support Bloomberg in an independent run for president. A picture of the New York mayor clutching a baby still appears at the top of the IGPVa web page. Bloomberg’s not running, so the New York branch of this party is in talks to lend its ballot line to McCain.
The IGPVa doesn’t have a ballot line, so don’t gain much by hitching onto the GOP yet. They even have a picture of Cynthia McKinney down their home page, just hedging their bets.
As has been noted previously the “Independent Green Party of Virginia” has a bad history of false representation. In 2005 they went so far as to submit papers to the Virginia State Board of Elections for candidates who were unaffiliated with, or had never heard of, the “Independent Green Party”
See the comment thread here: http://thirdpartywatch.com/2008/05/21/virginias-independent-green-joe-oddo-confirmed-on-ballot-for-congress/
This press release lumping in the IGPVa’s candidates with real Greens in Illinois and the presidential campaign seems to be more of the same blind poaching. It must be indefensible, since I’ve never seen or heard a response from anyone in the IGPVa.
Incidentally, Ballot Access’ report on the IGPVas affiliation to McKay’s national Independence Party can be found here:
Posted on June 3, 2008, in Uncategorized and tagged 2008 Presidential election, ballot access, Bloomberg, Carey Campbell, Cynthia McKinney, Green Party, Independent Green Party of Virginia, minor parties, third parties. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.