Dr. Jill Stein Wins PA Green Party Presidential Caucus
In spite of the Philadelphia Delegation’s surprise endorsement of Roseanne Barr for president last month, the Pennsylvania Green Party has given a majority of its delegates to presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein.
The endorsement came on the party’s Super Saturday, in which Stein won a majority of delegates in New York, Mississippi, Tennessee, Minnesota and Hawaii, as well. Stein has won 50 percent or more in all of the Green Party’s 22 state primaries thus far. In the meeting in State College, she won 52 percent of the vote, compared to 47 for comedienne Roseanne Barr and about 2 percent for Kent Mesplay.
Stein is a Harvard-trained physician and the author of two books on health. During a visit to Philadelphia in March, she noted her support of what she calls the “Green New Deal,” a plan emphasizing disengagement from foreign wars and domestic ‘green jobs,’ which, she claimed, would work in a similar way to FDR’s New Deal of the 1930s.
Green Party Team Coordinator Hillary Kane presented Roseanne Barr’s credentials to the Green Party of Philadelphia during a meeting at the Buzz Café in Kensington last month, but told PW that she, too, is a Stein supporter. Barr won the Philadelphia Green Party’s endorsement at that meeting, taking 55 percent of the votes.
In her announcement regarding her win in Pennsylvania, Stein noted the Green Party is more united than it’s ever been.
“The national Green Party is united as never before for a strong voice in the 2012 Presidential Election, at a time when the public has been clamoring for a principled alternative to the establishment parties that have brought us to the breaking point,” she said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Pennsylvanians to get the Green Party on the ballot, and to give the voters of Pennsylvania a chance to vote for the solutions they are clamoring for: an end to unemployment, health care as a human right through Medicare for All, an end to student debt and foreclosures, free public higher education, bringing the troops home, ending climate change, and especially putting an end to fracking.”
A Green Party presidential candidate needs 206 delegates to earn the party’s nomination. Stein’s win in Pennsylvania earned her four of our state’s seven delegates, with the other three going to Barr. Stein’s biggest win on Saturday was in New York, where she took 14 of that state’s 16 delegates.