From Ben Manski, campaign manager for Jill Stein for President 2012:
Sometimes there is an election in one state that progressives all over the United States get excited about. I’m sure you can think of examples. Paul Wellstone and Russ Feingold’s first campaigns come to mind, for me. So do those of Matt Gonzalez and Kshama Sawant.
Tonight, Wednesday, you can tune in to the hottest progressive campaign in America. Howie Hawkins is polling nearly 10% in New York’s gubernatorial election, and he’s climbing fast.
On Thursday, the Buffalo Federation of Teachers became the latest union to endorse him and his teacher running mate, Brian Jones.
This past week, Hawkins and Jones received the endorsement of not one, not two, but three New York City Democratic Party clubs.
And tonight, you can tune in to watch Howie Hawkins debate Andrew Cuomo. Tens of thousands of progressives across the country will be watching. Click here to find out how you can be one of them.
And please join me right now in supporting the Hawkins campaign. Howie reminds me of a North American Lula, the first Workers Party president of Brazil. Howie’s been at the front lines of the labor and green movements in United States for 40 years. He’s known and trusted and brilliant and speaks complicated truths in plain language that moves people. You can donate to this exciting campaign right now.
The Hawkins campaign is the most exciting in a series of fresh, promising campaigns in states ranging from Maine to Minnesota in which the Green Party is attracting labor, farm, community and professional endorsements.
A couple weeks ago I emailed you about Eugene Puryear’s campaign for the D.C. City Council; the latest poll there puts him within 10% of victory, with 27% undecided.
In Minnesota, Andy Dawkins, a former Democratic state legislator, is our candidate for Attorney General.
In Delaware, Catherine Damavandi, a 14 year veteran Deputy Attorney General, is the Green running for Attorney General.
In Wisconsin, Ron Hardy, a county board supervisor, was polling 12% for Treasurer in the last published poll, and on Friday he received the endorsement of the state’s foremost progressive newspaper.
Prospects are good for Maine Greens to recapture a legislative seat and California Greens to recapture the mayorship of Santa Monica. Texas Greens are running over 50 candidates up and down the ticket. And all this leaves out some of the incredible congressional campaigns we’re seeing in targeted progressive districts.
I’ve been a member of the Green Party since 1990, and have been involved with the Greens at every level and nearly every way. I’ve never seen Green campaigns like these. The breakthrough is here and Howie Hawkins is leading the charge.
You and I are lucky to be able to tune in tonight and be a part of this important moment.
- Ben Manski