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The Washington Post "disappears" the DC Statehood Green Party in its 2012 Voters Guide listing of candidates
THE DC STATEHOOD GREEN PARTY
For immediate release:
Friday, November 2, 2012
Scott McLarty, DC Statehood Green Party media coordinator, 202-904-7614, firstname.lastname@example.org
Green presidential candidate Jill Stein to participate in two debates to be held in DC, on Nov. 4 and Nov. 5
WASHINGTON, DC -- DC Statehood Green Party leaders and candidates are asking The Washington Post why the newspaper chose to omit party affiliation in its 2012 'Voters Guide' listing of DC Statehood Green candidates.
The Post's annual Voters Guide was published on Thursday, November 1 in the paper's Local Living section (District edition, page 18). Candidates for public office are listed with information about their campaigns, along with an indication of party affiliation.
The party affiliations of Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian candidates (abbreviated D, R, and L) follow their names in the headline for each candidate. Statehood Green candidates are included in the Voters Guide, but no party is given for them. (Below is a list of Statehood Green candidates and their web sites or contact information.)
The DC Statehood Green Party has major party status and ballot access in Washington, DC. In recent elections, Statehood Green candidates have collectively received more votes than Republican candidates, leading some to call Statehood Greens "DC's Second Party" in terms of election day numbers.
Calls to the Post have not been returned, as of 6 p.m. Friday, November 2.
"The Washington Post's omission amounts to 'disappearing' the DC Statehood Green Party and giving readers insufficient information for Election Day. The Post knows that the Statehood Green Party has major party status in DC. We have complained in the past when the Post listed our candidates as 'other' in election news," said Darryl! Moch, a member of the DC Statehood Green Party's steering committee.
"We can't imagine what excuse the Post has, beyond failure to proofread or a conscious decision to leave out this information. The editors might run a correction in the next few days, but the damage has already been done. Imagine the angry response if the Post had left out party membership for Democratic or Republican candidates," said Mr. Moch, who is also a co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.
DC Statehood Green Party candidates have participated in candidates' forums throughout the campaign season, including a lively forum on DC statehood and democracy at the Islamic Heritage Museum on Thursday, November 1 that Statehood Greens assisted in organizing. The Post has carried news about Jill Stein, the Green Party's 2012 presidential nominee. The DC Statehood Green Party is part of the Green Party of the United States and Dr. Stein will be on the Statehood Green ballot line.
On July 31, 2008, Statehood Green Party leaders and candidates held a press conference on the sidewalk near the front door of The Washington Post's offices in downtown Washington, DC, to challenge the Post to report fairly on Statehood Green participation in the 2008 election (http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org/archives/268 / http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dc/2008/07/post_21.html).
Dr. Stein will participate in two presidential debates to be held in the District of Columbia in the next few days:
Sunday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. ET at Busboys and Poets restaurant, 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC, hosted by Ralph Nader (http://nader.org/2012/10/25/ralph-nader-to-host-third-party-presidential-debate-in-d-c-114/)
Monday, Nov. 5, 9 p.m. ET at RT America's studio in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus / http://freeandequal.org) (postponed from Oct. 30 because of hurricane Sandy; Dr. Stein won her place in this one-on-one debate after receiving over online 17,000 votes within 24 hours on the Free and Equal site)
DC Statehood Green candidates in the 2012 election:
Natale "Lino" Stracuzzi, for DC Delegate to US House
David Schwartzman, for the 'DC Statehood' seat in the US Senate
G. Lee Aikin, for the 'DC Statehood' seat in the US House of Representatives
Ann Wilcox, for DC Council At-Large
Jill Stein for President, Cheri Honkala for Vice President
DC Statehood Green Party http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org
Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org
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