People, Planet & Peace
The Massachusetts Affiliate of the Green Party of the United States

Neutrality Policy on Endorsements and Nominations

Sponsors:  Anthony Barrows (Suffolk County), Scott Laugenour (Berkshire Hampshire Franklin & Hampden District), Merelice (Norfolk County), Elie Yarden (Middlesex County)

Floor Manager:  Anthony Barrows

Committee Vetting:  CDLC

Background:  The GRP has standing procedures for considering the nomination and endorsement of candidates in elections.  Nominations can be extended to those candidates who are registered GRP.  Endorsements can be extended for Independent/Unenrolled candidates.  The proposal affirms that the party is separate from a campaign organization, although individual party members can choose on their own to work on any individual campaign that they wish.

Proposal Summary:  This proposal establishes a policy that confirms the party's neutrality in an election until after a contested primary election or, if there is no contested primary, until after the filing deadline.

ProposalThe State Committee adopts a policy to take no action of endorsing or nominating a candidate for public office until after the filing deadline established by the Commonwealth for seeking that office.  In the case of a contested GRP primary it will indicate no preference and will respect the choice of primary voters.

Financial Impact:  none

Implementation:  CDLC will advise prospective candidates of this policy as appropriate.

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commented 2012-06-22 17:47:00 -0400 · Flag
I think Mike is making some good points. GRP candidates run courageously at a significant disadvantage in funding, volunteer support, and media coverage. We should be seeking ways to give earlier endorsements and to put the full resources of the party behind our candidates as early as possible. But if there is more than one competing candidate, each should be given an opportunity to make their case for winning the early endorsement.
commented 2012-06-11 13:17:17 -0400 · Flag
Anthony Barrows will be the floor manager for this proposal on June 23.
commented 2012-06-10 00:41:37 -0400 · Flag
Regarding Mike’s concerns: It seems to me that one indication of a candidate’s viability is her ability to attract and get the support of individuals both in and out of the GRP. Most of us don’t wait for the GRP to give us “permission” (through endorsement or nomination) to support or not support a candidate.

I agree with Scott that the act of GRP endorsement is not what makes candidates viable. I also agree that a write-in candidate should not preclude GRP endorsement or nomination — unless the write-in is an effort by a GRP member to challenge candidates who are not GRP members.
commented 2012-06-04 11:04:03 -0400 · Flag
This is only my opinion and not that of other co-sponsors, but I don’t believe that the number of candidates the party has is a product or a function of the party’s endorsement or nomination policies. In fact, if our practice is to nominate or endorse early we would be discouraging other candidates in the same race from reaching out to us.

We may not be as far away from contested primaries as some people think. If there is no primary challenge, an endorsement or nomination in June or July for a November election is not too late.

I agree that the prospect of a write-in primary candidate should not prevent the party from endorsing or nominating a candidate who has qualified for the ballot and faces no other ballot-qualified challenger. This point can be clarified if there’s confusion about this.
commented 2012-06-02 17:49:44 -0400 · Flag
Dear Scott, Anthony and Merelice:

I strongly disagree with this proposal and urge you to withdraw it from consideration.

The logic of this proposal is that the deadline should be after the September Primary. After all, theoretically, there could be a write-in candidate, who is not on the ballot. According to this logic, an endorsement before the primary would be unfair to the write-in candidate.

This proposal IGNORES the reality of our party and our desire to support our candidates in a number of ways:

1. Except for the presidential campaign, which has a different process, Scott is the ONLY member of our party who is running a partisan (party) race this year. Scott is well known by his local chapter; I believe that this is the 3rd time that he has run in this district. He can afford to wait until the campaign is almost over to receive the party’s nomination.

2. This is NOT true for most of our members who are our future potential candidates.

3. Encouraging and supporting our members to run winnable campaigns for the State House of Representatives has been our #1 priority of our state party for about 5 years. We only have one person, Scott, who is running for this office this year. What does this say about our #1 priority? One of the things that it says is that our members believe (correctly) that running for partisan office is very hard for them to do.

3. This proposal would make it more difficult for future members to run. Let me explain.

Imagine that you decided to run for the State House of Representatives. You heard the call from your state party and decided to say, “YES”. You ask for support from your state party, who has encouraged you to run, and the state party says to you, “Theoretically, another member of the GRP in your legislative district might decide to run for this office. The State Party must be fair. Run the campaign the best that you can and wait until September-less than 2 months before the final election and then we’ll consider giving you our nomination” You ask for help from your local chapter. Let’s be logical. If the thinking in this proposal were right, it would be equally unfair for your local chapter to support your campaign.

4. DO WE WANT OUR MEMBERS TO RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE? (Yes, I’m shouting!) If we really want our members to run “winnable campaigns”, we had better be serious about supporting them as early as we can and to the best of our ability!

5. At this stage of the development of our party, it is foolish and destructive to our objectives to use a theoretical possibility to prevent us from providing meaningful support to our candidates!

6. In the history of the Rainbow Coalition Party, the MA Green Party and the GRP, there has NEVER been a GRP primary campaign. I do not see this changing very soon. When it does, common sense will dictate that the State Party and the local chapters will need to behave in a fair manner to all candidates.

Mike Heichman, Greater Boston Chapter, Suffolk County StateCom Member
tagged this with Concerns 2012-06-02 17:46:17 -0400
commented 2012-06-02 09:11:39 -0400 · Flag
Thank you, Elie. I will incorporate this good suggestion. The action to approve is the adoption of such a policy.
commented 2012-06-01 22:14:30 -0400 · Flag
Amend; “Proposal Summary” to “Proposal:” that reads as follows; “The State Committee will take no action of endorsing or nominating a candidate
for public office until after the filing deadline established for seeking that office. In the case of a contested primary the State Committee indicate no preference, and respect the choice of registered GRP and Unenrolled voters.”

If this is the intent of the proposal state the intent, rather than write a summary of what is supposed to happen if the proposal is approved. What action is being approved?

published this page in 2012_summer_meeting_proposals 2012-06-01 20:42:00 -0400