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Romanelli’s Public Challenge to Santorum and Casey June 16, 2006

Posted by papundit in Uncategorized.
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According to his website, Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Carl Romanelli, "favors universal health care, immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, reproductive freedom, and the right to same-sex marriage. Romanelli considers himself 'the only candidate with a different platform' and the one alternative to two opponents with almost identical platforms."

Romanelli is facing one major problem. He might not be able to get on the ballot. He has asked for help from Democrats and Republicans since he will need 67,072 signatures by August 1st to get on the ballot. A press release described the figure as "an historic high, and more than double the previous high." Romanelli has publicly challenged his Democratic and Republican opponents to help him:

"Since it is Mr. Casey’s vote total of nearly 3.5 million in 2004 that has resulted in this year’s standard being so high, we feel it is only fair that the old parties help bring the Greens to the debate. If these candidates believe their policies are best for America, then I challenge them both to put their ideas and values up against mine.”

I don't personally agree with Romanelli's platform, but I think the ballot requirements are excessive. Democrats and Republicans only need around 2,000 signatures to get on the ballot. In comparison, doesn't 67,072 seem like an unfair burden?

Keeping the Green Party off the ballot would be a victory for the Casey campaign since Romanelli could appeal to the part of the Democratic base that is upset with what they view as a betrayal of Democratic ideals by Casey.

See my earlier posts on the subject:

What Happens When Perceived Electability Trumps Idealism

Why Some Democrats May Be (Secretly) Hoping for a Santorum Victory

The End of Idealism

What One Democratic Voter Thinks of Casey's Candidacy

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