Matt Funiciello, the Green Party nominee for U.S. House in New York’s 21st District, appeared on WWNY-TV, the CBS affiliate in Northern New York, on Tuesday.
Funiciello received 10.6% of the vote in the district in 2014, and believes he can make it a true three-way race this year.
“You do build name recognition if you run more than once, certainly. So it is my intent to get full name recognition,” he said. If you’re looking at a weakened [GOP Rep. Elise] Stefanik and a [Democrat] Mike Derrick polling at 30 or 35, you’ve got a three-way race on your hands. People stop worrying about the spoiler effect and start actually looking at the issues.”
He added, “Very few Americans are in disagreement with the Greens about most of the things we feel would make sense on a policy level.”
Matt Funiciello, the Green Party candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 21st District, told The Plattsburgh Press-Republican that the bombings in Belgium this week show that the U.S. “needs to rethink its foreign policy.”
Funiciello said, “It is a given in these situations that our hearts go out to all the victims and their families. Sadly, it also a given that we will use this action as an excuse to call for more blood and escalate our own aggression. We’ve bombed and droned and occupied our way into radicalizing millions of people overseas. We’ve destroyed their families, their friends and their homes in our thirst for revenge and control. This is blowback in its purest form, and it is precisely why groups like ISIS exist in the first place.”
Funiciello first sought the seat two years ago. Last fall, 2014 Democratic nominee Aaron Woolf urged Funiciello to run as a Democrat this time, but Funiciello declined to do so. Woolf received 33% of the vote in the three-way race won by Republican Elise Stefanik; Funiciello received 11% of the vote.
New York’s Watertown Daily Times reports that Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello will officially announce his candidacy for U.S. House in the state’s 21st District on Saturday.
Funiciello sought the seat two years ago. Last fall, 2014 Democratic nominee Aaron Woolf urged Funiciello to run as a Democrat this time, but Funiciello declined to do so. Woolf received 33% of the vote in the three-way race won by Republican Elise Stefanik; Funiciello received 11% of the vote.
Matt Funiciello, the Green Party candidate for the New York 21st District U.S. House seat, co-writes a Huffington Post piece with Siena College economist Aaron Pacitti calling for the establishment of a living wage.
They write, “Beginning on January 1, 2016, the minimum wage in New York rose to $9.00 per hour, a 12 percent increase from 2014. Additionally, the minimum wage for tipped workers increased to $7.50 per hour. Although a minimum wage that rises faster than the cost of living is a good policy to reduce poverty and inequality, small incremental increases over multiple years are not sufficient to keep full-time minimum wage employees out of poverty. A $15 minimum wage is needed today and should be indexed to inflation to ensure that low-wage workers can be economically self-sufficient.”
They argue that “the minimum wage is far too low for an economy as rich as ours, forcing full-time workers to live in poverty and rely on public support. It’s time we end consumer and taxpayer subsidies to businesses that employ minimum wage workers, and make the minimum wage a living wage.”
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.
New York’s Glen Falls Post-Star reports that Matt Funiciello, the likely Green Party candidate in the state’s 21st U.S. House District next year, has rejected a public appeal from 2014 Democratic nominee Aaron Woolf that Funiciello run as a Democrat. Woolf received 33% of the vote in the three-way race won by Republican Elise Stefanik; Funiciello received 11% of the vote.
Woolf says that Funiciello’s 2014 candidacy, like Sen. Bernie Sanders’s current presidential run, “generated attention and participation, and now Funiciello has the chance to follow Sanders’ example and bring that energy to a more prominent stage — one with the real possibility of advancement — by seeking the 2016 Democratic line as well.”
But Funiciello said, “I don’t have any intention of playing that game. … Simply put, I am a Green. Not a Democrat. I do not accept corporate donations nor will I work within a party that does. I consider myself a principled working class candidate and running as a Democrat or a Republican would be the worst kind of betrayal of all the wonderfully brave souls who joined with me last year in stating very clearly that corporate money needs to be eradicated from our political process and we know it and are willing to vote accordingly.”
A new poll by Harper Polling commissioned by the National Republican Congressional Committee shows Matt Funiciello, the expected Green Party candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 21st District next year, at 13% — within the margin of error against the likely Democratic candidate, Mike Derrick.
Republican incumbent Elise Stefanik, who is serving her first term, leads the poll at 51%. The survey had a margin of error of +/- 4.55%.
Funiciello was the Green candidate for the seat in 2014, receiving 11% of the vote.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States is calling for the defeat of proposed tar-sands pipelines when the U.S. Senate votes on the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday and opposes alternative plans, including “Energy East,” that would route Canadian oil into the U.S. by pipeline or tanker.
Green Party leaders are encouraging the public to call on Senators to vote nay. If the Senate approves the pipeline, Greens urge President Obama to exercise his veto power.
The Green Parties of Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey have banded together against a proposed fossil-fuel pipeline through the region, calling themselves the Green Alliance to Stop the Pipelines, or GASP (https://www.facebook.com/StopThePipelines).
GASP opposes a plan by the six New England governors to spend $6 billion on the Kinder Morgan gas transmission pipeline, which would bring fracked natural gas to export terminals in Maine and Canada.
“Green Parties across the nation are battling plans for massive investments in fossil fuel infrastructure that, if approved, would sabotage efforts to avert the looming catastrophe of climate change,” said Jill Stein, 2012 Green presidential nominee and a member of the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party. Continue Reading →