Yesterday Ross Mirkarimi bolted the Greens and joined the Democrats in what looks to be a move in preparation for a mayoral run. In the 2008 presidential election, Mirkarimi endorsed Democrat Barack Obama much to the consternation of many Greens in California.
I have to say I’m not surprised, but it still hurts to lose one of your highest ranking and important politicians. Ross seemed like a good guy who has done a lot for his district and for San Francisco so I wish him well.
”We need to blunt those that pull the Democratic Party to the right,” Mirkarimi told the Insider. Describing himself as a ”progressive Democrat,” Mirkarimi, whose agenda at City Hall has included public power, a ban on plastic bags, community policing and regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries, said he wants a platform where his values can be a meaningful part of the political debate.
What do fellow Greens think about the situation in San Francisco and the California Greens? There were a number of stories that broke right around the California state meeting that took place recently that all said that the CA Greens were in decline.
Let’s not make this a “wail on the CA Greens” thread, but let’s offer some frank discussion on/from our friends from the Golden State and see where we can jump start efforts there and other places.
Thanks to Ballot Access News for the story.