Scott Walker’s prank caller Ian Murphy officially announces Green Party run in NY-26

OnTheWilderSide reports:

The Green Party of NY State has officially nominated Ian Murphy as its candidate for upcoming special Congressional election in the 26th District. The Green Party said it wanted to provide an alternative to the anti-worker, pro-war, pro-corporate, anti-environmental agenda of the Democratic and Republican Parties. The special election will be held May 24, 2011.

Murphy said:

You may know me as the editor of The BEAST. You may also know me as the guy who pwned Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and revealed his sinister plans to crush public unions. And now you’ll know me as the Green Party candidate in the NY-26 special congressional election.

Talking to Walker made me realize something: We need better politicians in this country. We need politicians who aren’t for sale to the highest bidder. We need politicians who actually care about people. I care about people. I may not have always expressed that sentiment in the most straightforward way, but that’s always been my motivation as a writer.

Murphy, the Buffalo Beast journalist, made national headlines by posing as right-wing billionaire David Koch and prank-calling Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during the middle of the recent effort to eliminate collective bargaining rights of public workers. Posing as Koch, Murphy discussed tactics with Walker about how to trick Democrats in returning to the state. Walker, a leader in the bipartisan nationwide assault on public workers, is one of many politicians such as Governor Cuomo who is financed by Koch, a major funder of the Tea Party movement.

Ian Murphy for Congress

“Ian Murphy has been portrayed by the media as the nation’s most famous prank caller, but his call to Gov. Walker was done to point out how entwined the Democrats and Republicans are with the corporate elite,” said state party co-chair Peter LaVenia. Murphy is the editor of the Beast, a satirical website based in Buffalo.

“The Green Party wants to slash the military budget and bring our troops home, starting with Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama wants the
largest military budget ever and is now dragging the US into another war in Libya. The Greens want a Green New Deal, one that responds to this Great Recession with a program of full employment through public jobs and investments in education, mass transit and renewable energy. Rather than the insurance mandate bailout program passed by the Democrats, the Greens want to make health care a right and slash costs while improving quality that an expanded and improved Medicare for All program. We want to curtail climate change, not destroy upstate community through hydrofracking for natural gas,” explained LaVenia.

“Ian’s call, and his campaign, reject the imperialism of our Democrat-Republican duopoly and our corporate oligarchy, whether in Wisconsin, New York, or in the Arab world. We consider the austerity measures being pushed by President Obama and Congress to be as illegitimate as the war the President has started in Libya. Ian is the only candidate in the race for the 26th that will articulate these values, and that is why we nominated him,” stated party co-chair Howie Hawkins.


Murphy’s entry into the race may be balanced by the entry of Millionaire Jack Davis, a Tea Party candidate who previously ran as a Democrat, and Iraq War veteran David Bellavia, who also sought and failed to secure the Conservative and Republican nominations, and may now run as Independent.

Davis turned in 12,000 signatures for a 3,500 signature requirement. I have seen no word as to the status of Bellavia’s petition.

Of the other parties that are already on the ballot, the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties have a joint nominee. So to do the Democratic and Working Families Parties.


From GP of NY State:

The Green Party of NY State has officially nominated Ian Murphy as its candidate for May 24 special Congressional election in the 26th District. The Green Party said it wanted to provide an alternative to the anti-worker, pro-war, pro-corporate, anti-environmental agenda of the Democrats and Republicans.

“Ian Murphy has been portrayed by the media as the nation’s most famous prank caller, but his call to Gov. Walker was done to point out how entwined the Democrats and Republicans are with the corporate elite,” said state party co-chair Peter LaVenia. Murphy is the editor of the Beast, a satirical website based in Buffalo.

Murphy, the Buffalo Beast journalist, made national headlines by posing as right-wing billionaire David Koch and prank-calling Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during the middle of the recent effort to eliminate collective bargaining rights of public workers. Posing as Koch, Murphy discussed tactics with Walker about how to trick Democrats in returning to the state. Walker, a leader in the bipartisan nationwide assault on public workers, is one of many politicians such as Governor Cuomo who is financed by Koch, a major funder of the Tea Party movement.

“The Green Party wants to slash the military budget and bring our troops home, starting with Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama wants the largest military budget ever and is now dragging the US into another war in Libya. The Greens want a Green New Deal, one that responds to this Great Recession with a program of full employment through public jobs and investments in education, mass transit and renewable energy. Rather than the insurance mandate bailout program passed by the Democrats, the Greens want to make health care a right and slash costs while improving quality that an expanded and improved Medicare for All program. We want to curtail climate change, not destroy upstate community through hydrofracking for natural gas,” explained LaVenia.

“Ian’s call, and his campaign, reject the imperialism of our Democrat-Republican duopoly and our corporate oligarchy, whether in Wisconsin, New York, or in the Arab world. We consider the austerity measures being pushed by President Obama and Congress to be as illegitimate as the war the President has started in Libya. Ian is the only candidate in the race for the 26th that will articulate these values, and that is why we nominated him,” stated party co-chair Howie Hawkins.

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