Green Party presidential candidate has been dominating the headlines recently for her Recount 2016 campaign. In fact, she’s gotten more attention than now than for her run for the presidency (which she placed fourth in).
In total, Jill Stein received twelve times more mainstream media attention from her recount campaign than her presidential campaign. Not only that, her recount campaign raised more money than her presidential campaign ($6.3 million raised for a recount; $3.5 million raised for her 2016 presidential run). Perhaps she learned a few lessons from The Donald in getting free publicity from the media and using it to her advantage.
You’d think the Green Party would be happy with Jill Stein and her recount campaign, given that any leftover funds ostensibly will line party coffers for future campaigning and recruitment… and the attention of course. But apparently that’s not the case!
The green party has quietly scrubbed Jill Stein from their website.
It seems that the site was scrubbed of Jill Stein’s name and references after they distanced themselves from her recount effort.
In a letter penned by Green Party Senate Candidate Margaret Flowers, and signed by dozens of prominent GPUS members, the Greens have rebelled against the farcical “recount effort” conducted by Jill Stein, saying “while we support electoral reforms, including how the vote is counted, we do not support the current recount being undertaken by Jill Stein.”
The reason for this is that as the author notes, “as a candidate, Dr. Stein has the right to call for a recount. However, we urge the GPUS to distance itself from any appearance of support for either Democrats or Republicans. We are well aware of the undemocratic actions taken during the primaries by the DNC and the Clinton campaign. Greens cannot be perceived to be allied with such a party.”
Flowers points out that the decision to pursue a recount “was not made in a democratic or a strategic way, nor did it respect the established decision making processes and structures of the Green Party of the United States (GPUS). The recount has created confusion about the relationship between the Green and Democratic parties because the states chosen for the recount are only states in which Hillary Clinton lost. There were close races in other states such as New Hampshire and Minnesota where Clinton won, but which were not part of the recount. And this recount does not address the disenfranchisement of voters; it recounts votes that were already counted rather than restoring the suffrage of voters who were prevented from voting.”
Well, there goes that. The recount wouldn’t have even accomplished anything anyway, as she’s missed the deadline for a recount in Pennsylvania. Adios, Jill!
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