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February 14, 2016

Ready to Rumble

Ursula Rozum (above) remains undaunted by the prospect of facing off against Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle and former Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

BALTIMORE, Md. — They’ve been derided, discounted and ostracized. And that’s why Green Party candidates running for Congress say they know exactly how frustrated Americans feel.

“Candidates don’t want to debate us … because that gives us an opportunity to win,” Natale Lino Stracuzzi, who is challenging Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), told reporters covering the Green Party national convention here Friday.

The Green Party presented a slate of 13 candidates vying for higher office, a roster that includes six first-timers. Ursula Rozum is one of the youngest. But she remains undaunted by the prospect of facing off against Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.) and former Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei (D).

“So yeah, I’m running for Congress,” the nose-ring wearing brunette announced before boring down into an agenda that includes tuition-free education (she’s $30K in debt), and clamping down on fossil fuel production (“fracking” is the ultimate f-word around this crowd).

David Collins is running for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Texas Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison, and he’s not afraid to crib ideas from the other team to do so. As part of his pitch for the solar energy bandwagon, Collins said he’d like to see photovoltaic collectors on the moon. “As Gingrich-y as that sounds … we can do this now!” he said.

Correction: July 26, 2012

An earlier version of the item incorrectly identified the political race Green Party candidate David Collins is involved in. Collins is running for the open Senate seat in Texas. Green Party candidate Colia Clark is vying for the Senate seat currently occupied by New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand.

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    No, the Green Party only represents a Special Interest Group and does not encompass people as a whole. They might as well just vote Democrat, that way not only will their interests be addressed but their representative will cover other isues as well.

    • Anonymous

      Kirsten Gillibrand, I am shocked! You should be ashamed of playing such a mean trick on the innocent, babes-in-the-woods Green Party! Would you stoop so low just to get your name in a blog, and poke fun at the Greens? Pretending that some Green from Texas is trying to “knock you off” when you are really running against Green Party candidate Colia Clark in NY is your idea of a joke? Tricking David Collins into blabbing about the top-secret Green Party plans for installing solar collectors on the Moon is not playing nice, Sen. Gillibrand. Fortunately for the Greens, they can plausibly deny this story.

    • Anonymous

      How completely misinformed you are about the Green Party. The Green Party is not one of the corporate owned parties. We therefore have nothing in common with the Democrats.

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