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Mass Decision 2010: Jill Stein Supporters Speak Out

By Talia Whyte

Supporters for Green-Rainbow party gubernatorial candidate Dr. Jill Stein joined volunteers for other campaigns at Faneuil Hall Oct. 20 for the AARP candidates’ forum. Stein, along with follow green activist Grace Ross, is a perennial political candidate. She previously ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002, the state House of Representatives in 2004 and secretary of the Commonwealth in 2006. Stein did win a town hall seat in Middlesex County in 2005 and re-elected in 2008.

Despite her many defeats, Stein keeps running for office, most likely to make the point about how difficult it is for someone not associated with either of the corporate-supported, two major parties to run for office. Generally, when she is allowed to participate in debates with the other three gubernatorial candidates, Stein spends most of her time discussing what is wrong with the two-party system. For example, during the AARP debate, Stein said that the state’s new health care system is controlled by corporate interests and that a single payer program would be a better option.

I think it’s great to have different voices on the campaign. After spending the last couple of months going to campaign events for Baker, Patrick and Cahill, it is refreshing to hear from candidate and their supporters who dance to their own beat and are passionate about the issues they support. Some people think that third party candidates are quacks, but most of the time, they do make solid points that the major party candidates are not making.

Needless to say, the Massachusetts gubernatorial race is not nearly as interesting as the one going on in New York, as there are seven candidates running for the Albany seat. Jimmy McMillan, gubernatorial candidate for the Rent Is Too Damn High Party has been making a splash recently for his irreverent, but powerful platform positions.

“The people I represent can’t afford to pay their rent,” McMillan said during an Oct. 18 debate. They are being laid off as I speak. They can’t eat breakfast, lunch or dinner. Listen, someone’s child’s stomach just growled. Did you hear it? You gotta listen like me. The rent is just too damn high!”