As I mentioned before, the Senate Primary is a directional divide for the Green Party of California. When announced candidate Todd Chretien posted this invitation to the Green Party Cal-Forum list, he invited everyone to his campaign and to his WWW site:
As most of you have probably heard, I am running for the Green
Party nomination for U.S. Senate so that I can challenge Dianne Feinstein in November. This will be a contested primary, which is, in my opinion, a very good thing. Tian Harter and Ken Mesplay are also running and I congratulate them on their decision to do so. I welcome a free exchange of ideas between the primary candidates and I am willing to accept any invitation by any Green Party entity to appear with one or both of Tian and Ken.
You can check out my website at www.Todd4Senate.org to get an idea of my bio and my past political work, my campaign ideas or (here's the plug) to make a donation or volunteer. I feel that my experience as an ISO organizer and a Green Party campaign worker, as well as my deep involvement with the anti-war and anti-death penalty movement, have prepared me to be a strong candidate in November and so I hope you will consider joining my campaign.
Very shortly I will be announcing a schedule for a statewide speaking tour in February that will include campus appearances, house parties, and public meetings. If you would like to invite me to come to your area on a certain date, or have an event in mind that I should attend, please call or email me.
And, please feel free to contact me personally with any questions, concerns or ideas.
Well, one San Francisco Green, Marc Salomon, took him up on it and went right to the heart of this debate. As I metioned in my previous post, one focus on this race is going to be Todd's ongoing membership in the International Socialist Organization (ISO). The question is being raised as to whether Todd is a Green who finds common cause with the ISO or, at his core, is a Socialist who is trying to make the Green Party into the electoral arm of ISO.
To illustrate that difference, Marc pulls material from the ISO definition of Where We Stand. He quote the entire page, but I will only quote the following call for a Revolutionary Party.
The Revolutionary Party
To achieve socialism, the most militant workers must be organized into a revolutionary socialist party to provide political leadership and organization. The activities of the ISO are directed at taking the initial steps to building such a party.
Marc, who has never backed off from a fight that he pursues with a single minded intensity. Cal-Forum will see a lot of emails from Marc before this is over.
From my own view, this is one of the two most important directional issues that the Green Party faces. The other involves the tension between our professed belief in developing concensus from grassroots inputs and our reliance on charismatic leadership. I will take on this issue later. As to the direction, I feel that it is essential that our party derive its authority to speak from the moral rightness of our 10 key values and not by trying to out-race the Democrats to the left. This latter will only further marginalize the party. We are not the electoral voice of the progressive movement. We are the public manifestation of Green Principles.