Whitney said, “The Green Party, because we are free, we’re not prisoners of the corporate-minded thinking of the Democrats or the Republicans. We can embrace these sound public policy ideas and fight for them. I think that’s pretty huge. Also the positive side, we have our values. We have a political party based on unifying core principles and values to promote the common good.”
In 2006, Whitney received more than 361,000 votes, or 10.4% of the total, in a three-way race for governor. Four year later, he received just under 101,000 votes in a five-way race that was very close between the top two candidates.