by Peter A. Reese – posted 10:07 am, July 20, 2015
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When last we tuned into the Adventures of Poloncarz and Zellner Taking Over the Green Party, our intrepid exploiters were ready to snatch the fourth ballot line from the pathetic local Greens all over Erie County. Their Opportunity to Ballot (OTB) on the Green line petitions were due to be filed last Thursday. Then something happened no one could have anticipated. Out of the blue, Green Party County Executive candidate Eric Jones received word that Poloncarz was not going to file his County Executive OTB Green petition. On Sunday Jones issued the following statement: “I’m thankful that the County Executive decided not to file his petitions, but we are still fighting some OTB’s in other races. In future elections you are going to see more Greens running for office locally, so it will be harder for the Democrats and Republicans to manipulate our line. ” It is likely that Poloncarz, facing unexpected stiff resistance to his Green OTB efforts, was unwilling to risk an embarrassing defeat in a race he never needed to enter. Looks like his Green Party palm cards are instant collector’s items.tramadol online pharmacy
ECDC headquarters did file their Loughran Green OTB petition in County Legislature District 5, so Republican Guy Marlette is now faced with a decision on whether he supports Green registered, but Republican designated, Lynette Batt or ask Greens to vote for him in a race which he never wanted to enter. Jones says the Green Party has no real stake in District 5. Supporters of County Legislature District 3 incumbent Peter Savage III cannot help but notice that their guy respected the Green’s principles from day one and now Peter is one of the few people in Erie County facing a Green opponent. As a popular incumbent, Savage is likely to stroll back into office regardless of Green opposition, but his situation raises a valid point. For Marlette, facing a tight race against an incumbent, this is an important concern. Ideological purity is lovely in the abstract, but, in the real world, people want to get elected. It looks like Democratic headquarters’ misguided efforts have made the Green line a thorn in its own side. From now on it’s like having Ralph Nader running against every local Democratic candidate for dog catcher, siphoning off votes which would otherwise go to the Dems. In the future, Republicans may routinely run Green registered candidates on the Green Line to vex the Democrats and raiding and infiltration of the Green Party will likely become a growth industry.