Philadelphia Green Party Endorses Roseanne Barr For President
About 25-30 members of the Green Party of Philadelphia met at Buzz Café in Kensington last Thursday to discuss their party’s endorsement for president of the United States. The options? Dr. Jill Stein, a general practitioner; Dr. Kent Mesplay, a air quality inspector and emergency shelter manager; and Roseanne Barr, the comedienne and former star of the TV sitcom, “Roseanne.” After presentations were conducted on behalf of all three candidates, Barr took 55 percent of the secret ballot, compared with 40 percent for Stein and 5 percent for Mesplay.
Pennsylvania Green Party Team Coordinator Hillary Kane presented on behalf of Barr, and says there were a number of factors which led to the endorsement.
“Obviously, she’s well known,” says Kane. “When a lot of people don’t know what the Green Party is and don’t know [what we stand for], it’s a lot easier to nominate someone people do know who’s been on television; so celebrity is one piece.”
Additionally, supporters say Barr has lived a Green Party lifestyle over the past decade. “She’s honestly very green,” continues Kane, noting that when Barr Skyped into their state convention in March, “she talked about a lot of issues we care about. She’s very passionate. She was talking about the foreclosure crisis…Wall Street and what their policies have done to this country.”
Barr announced her campaign for president in August 2011 on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, noting Leno helped launch Arnold Schwarzenegger’s gubernatorial campaign with an announcement there. She claimed she was running for president on the Green Party ticket because the Democrats and Republicans “both suck and they’re both a bunch of criminals.”
This sentiment was echoed last month when candidate Jill Stein met with Green Party supporters in Roxborough. She noted, “if you don’t vote your values, you’re giving a mandate for more of the same, for the corporate sponsored candidates who will continue to send you over the cliff, which is what they are doing.”
Admittedly, Kane says she’s a Stein supporter, but notes she agreed to give the presentation on behalf of Barr because the person who was supposed to do so was driving to Philadelphia from Chicago, and missed the meeting.
“I think a lot of the longtime active Greens went for Jill,” Kane says. “A lot of the newer folks went for Roseanne. The discussion was that you can’t pass up this celebrity moment out there, even if Jill is a smarter, better candidate. Roseanne could help us break out into the mainstream.”
Barr recently incited controversy when she tweeted the address of George Zimmerman’s parents at the height of the Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin killing controversy. She later apologized.