Green Party’s invitation to Van Jones makes waves

The Green Party’s press release inviting recently-ousted White House green jobs advisor Van Jones to join the Greens, potentially as a candidate, has been making the rounds, starting with a story on influential Washington blog The Hill that speculated that Greens are looking to Jones as a future presidential candidate.

Then Environmental Leader picked up the story, taking it a step further than The Hill with the headline “Green Party Considers Van Jones for Presidential Run”.

Hip Hop Wired joined in, with some of the most interesting commentary yet:

Following the leaks, he found himself silenced saying what millions of people were thinking, and had to formally “resign.”  Now he’s getting his past due and will reportedly be the Green Party’s candidate for President in the 2012 election. The Green Party is sticking up for the brother and denouncing the Republican party for attacking Black politicians…

Rosa Clemente, 2008 Green Vice-presidential candidate, also spoke her mind in a guest post on PBS host Tavis Smiley’s blog.

A “Draft Van Jones for Governor of California” facebook page, encouraging Jones to seek the Green nomination for the California governor’s race in 2010, is up and running. If you agree with Van Jones’ vision of solving our economic and ecological crises at the same time with green public works, join the group and spread the word.

Dave Schwab


  1. Don’t get me wrong, I think the media attention is GREAT! However the presumption that the Green Party could have a “presumptive” nominee for President is quite amusing, especially this early. If the Green Party “crowned” candidates Ralph Nader likely wouldn’t have run as an Independent in 2004. It was the Green Party’s insistence on a democratic process for determining our Presidential nominee that led to Nader hedging his bets and going Independent in 2004 (IMHO).

    Still – LOVE the media play out of it!

  2. I think Van Jones has at least as much experience as Rosa and Cynthia.

    But I do agree that it’s too early to start “choosing” a candidate.

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