20 hours ago
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Carl Romanelli for Senate
The Pennsylvania Green Party held it's convention here in Luzerne County and almost nobody noticed. I was unable to attend the festivities because of a death in the family and have to rely on the press coverage. The press coverage was underwhelming and the party website doesn't tell us much more.
The party did nominate Marakay Rogers for Governor, Chrisitna Valente for Lt. Gov. and Wilkes-Barre native and activist Carl Romanelli for U.S. Senator. They also nominated a handful of people for Congress and the State legislature who's names I can't find.
But this post is about Carl. From the CV:
"People in the United States are dissatisfied. They're ready for a change,' Romanelli said during his acceptance speech. He thinks voters are fed up with the current system, and that people are ready for a candidate who has the interests of the voters at heart, not corporations. "We have the responsibility to do better. All we lack is the will to do so," Romanelli said. He is opposed to the Iraq war because he does not want his tax dollars funding a conflict he believes is bankrupting this country and compromising national security.
The PA Green Party website:
Romanelli, a Wilkes-Barre resident and rail industry consultant, will face incumbent Republican Rick Santorum and his Democratic challenger, presumably Bob Casey, Jr., in the November elections. Unlike his opponents, 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.
My question for the Greens or any other small party is why put so much effort in statewide efforts when you stand a better chance of winning a local race? In Luzerne County we have 3 open seats for the state house and 1 in the state senate. As far as I know there is no Green Party candidate in any of these races. In the last election there was only one candidate for a local office, Mario Fiorucci, who ran for the Mayor of Sugar Notch and lost to a crook. The only Green before that I remember running for a local office was Jim Spak who ran for a seat on the Ashley Council. At least I didn't have to hear his poetry this weekend, I've heard him sing.