City Hall News recently had an article on Reverend Billy Talen’s campaign for mayor of NYC on the Green line, with a focus on the strategy debate that his unorthodox campaign has sparked. Some NYC Greens fear that nominating an activist preacher exposes the party to accusations of not taking the campaign seriously. On the other hand, many feel that Reverend Billy’s notoriety and colorful campaigning style will bring the Greens’ message to new voters.
Talen is the Green Party’s candidate for Gracie Mansion this year, which would be an uphill battle enough. But not even everyone in the Green Party has been happy to see him enter the political fray, with some members eager to instead see the party put up a more serious candidate, someone who uses less “amens” and “hallelujahs.” Talen is out to convince them all with policy proposals, like free public transportation and neighborhood-based economies, that he insists are serious. And, he said, doing all this while maintaining his persona as Rev. Billy is not only possible, but, in fact, the best way to get his message out to a broader public.
You can find the full article at City Hall News.