Colorado Green U.S. Senate candidate Arn Menconi was interviewed by MintPress News about his campaign. On its website, MintPress News says the “rebel candidate” may be “exactly what’s needed to ‘make America great again.’ His track record of radical action against the corporate takeover of American democracy and his history of civil disobedience in opposition to U.S. wars and empire building would provide a needed counter-balance to the entrenched government establishment.”
The Colorado Independent profiles Colorado Green Party U.S. Senate nominee Arn Menconi, “a social justice activist from Carbondale who served two terms on the Eagle County Commission” who, the Independent says, is targeting incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet “from the left.”
Menconi is “the founder of SOS Outreach — think Outward Bound, but with skiing and snowboarding — and the author of an audiobook titled ‘Lied to Death,’ in which in he interviewed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. He’s been politically active in Colorado for years” and became a Green this year. He “says he wants to represent ‘the 99 percent.’ He believes Bennet is out of touch with Coloradans.”
Menconi said, “We’re run by a global corporate mafia. Everyone who I’m talking to believes that we’re run by an oligarchy.”
Colorado Green Party U.S. Senate nominee Arn Menconi published a letter in several Colorado newspapers introducing himself to voters and outlining his campaign agenda.
Menconi wrote in part, “I will fight to end the military industrial dominance of our government with its greed and killings, end our dependence on fossil fuels by 2050, providing single payer health care for all as a right not as a privilege, and break up the Big Banks and power of Wall Street that has been stealing resources from our children and grandchildren. … Our world is not for sale. Our country will not be the biggest terrorist. Our judicial system will not lock up the whistleblower and communities of color while politicians commit war crimes and CEO’s fraud. They will no longer walk free while we become slaves.”
The Green Party of Colorado nominated former Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi for U.S. Senate, and Colorado Community Rights Network board member Cliff Willmeng and Robert Lee Worthey for U.S. House, at its state nominating convention on Sunday.
Menconi said that as a senator, “I will fight to end the military industrial dominance of our government with its endless greed and killings, end our dependence on fossil fuels by 2050, fight for single payer healthcare for all as a right not as a privilege, and break up the Big Banks and power of Wall Street that has been stealing resources from our children and grandchildren.”
Willmeng, who is seeking the Second District seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Jared Polis, said, “Colorado’s communities, workers, families, our environment, and our basic human and civil rights can no longer accommodate the answers being handed to us by powerful and disconnected representatives. Too much is at stake, and entire generations depend on a clear alternative to the tragic policies of war, environmental destruction, racism, poverty, and elevating levels of human disenfranchisement.”
Worthey will be seeking the Sixth District U.S. House seat currently held by Rep. Mike Coffman. The Colorado Greens also nominated ex-Thornton councilwoman Jenice “J.J.” Dove for the state legislature in House District 34.
The Colorado Green also pledged all five of their presidential nominating delegates to Jill Stein.
The Green Party of the United States is calling on Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying it “poses a grave threat to democratically enacted environmental, labor, public health, and other legal protections.”
Colorado Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Arn Menconi said, “The TPP, if enacted, would be a coup for corporate oligarchy and a blow to democracy and the public interest. It was negotiated in secret with the help of 600 ‘trade advisors’ from powerful multinational corporations. It would establish a mechanism to override democratically enacted laws by handing legislative and judicial power to a small panel of corporate lawyers.”
Joe Manchik, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Ohio’s 12th District, said, “Congress must kill the TPP now, before a new president and new Congress are inaugurated. President Obama used his final State of the Union address on Jan. 13 to promote the TPP, which may prove to be the most damaging legacy of his administration. … The TPP will sell the American people’s sovereignty over our nation down the river to the multinational corporations that own the Democratic-Republican Duopoly Party.”
In addition, Sanda Everette of the Coordinating Committee of the Green Party of California, who attended the COP21 climate change summit in Paris last year, said, “The TPP would have greater force than the agreement decided on by the nations of the world at COP21. It creates a legal tool to block measures against global warming that step on the toes of powerful corporations.”
Several Green Party candidates for federal office expressed their thoughts on the State of the Union during the Green Party livecast Tuesday evening.
Joe DeMare, Ohio U.S. Senate:
Margaret Flowers, Maryland U.S. Senate:
Arn Menconi, Colorado U.S. Senate:
Shamako Noble, California U.S. Senate:
Matt Funiciello, New York 21st District U.S. House:
Joe Manchik, Ohio 12th District U.S. House:
In addition, Green Party national co-chair Andrea Mérida spoke in both English and en español:
The Green Party of the United States will host a broadcast of President Obama’s final State of the Union address on Tuesday, January, on the party’s livestream YouTube channel. An online chat will take place during the speech, with Green Party candidates commenting as well.
Candidates slated to appear include U.S. Senate candidates Joe DeMare (Ohio), Margaret Flowers (Maryland), Arn Menconi (Colorado), and Shamako Noble (California); and U.S. House candidates Matt Funiciello (New York 21st District) and Joe Manchik (Ohio 12th District). Green Party national co-chair Andrea Mérida will host the event.