by Nathan Shea
So what did the June 10th Democratic Party primary teach us this year?
If you are looking at the second district, you will see that there are clear winners and losers. The clear winner for the Democratic primary?
Emily Cain handily beat Troy Jackson for the primary, showing that in the Democratic Party, big money wins, and progressive policies lose.
Outside groups endorsed Emily and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in attack ads against Troy Jackson, claiming he was "for pollution," showing smoke stacks coming out of his head. Another attack ad scurrilously questioned his support of a woman's right to choose.
These kinds of underhanded campaign tactics are effective if you want to win an election, but are damaging to our democracy.
They damage the faith of the voters, especially those who agreed with Troy's pro-labor and pro-human rights stance against the Democratic Party's neo-conservative free trade agreements, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (a NAFTA on steroids), that President Obama has been leading the charge on.
Troy Jackson’s campaign was a wake-up call to progressives and union members who supported him. In his speech at the Democratic Party convention, Troy stated that he was willing to go against members of his own party and stand up for the working class. One has to wonder if standing up for the working class requires fighting against the Democratic Party, are you in the right political party?
I would like to invite Troy Jackson and his followers to join the Green Independent Party and run for Congress (or any seat). Troy Jackson and his supporters shouldn't have to fight against their own party to stand up for the working class against neo-conservative policies. Those of you who find yourself fighting against your own party, should ask if you are in the wrong party.
The Green Party did not support NAFTA, and does not support the TPP. Our values on “free trade” and being against the elite and corporate greed match well with Troy Jackson's and his supporters.
The Green Party supports clean elections at every level, and does not support the influx of outside money, nor the corrupt, mud-slinging, dirty money spending campaign that Emily Cain ran.
Green Party candidates pledge to refuse corporate contributions as a rule, to show that we are serious about getting rid of big money in elections. Put that in your stack and smoke it, polluters.
Chair of the Penobscot County Greens