Green Party Responds

RECEIVED Thu., March 18, 2004

Dear Editor,
   In last week's "Postmarks" [March 12], after laying into Democrats for not running in districts 21 and 10, Krissy Morrow goes on to hope that they'll at least be Green Party candidates in those races, "But given their record lately, they'll probably run in 25 instead and try to mess up the Democrats' chances."
   So it's the job of the Green Party to offer you a choice against a Republican, but only when there's no Democrat (however bad they might be) running? Uh, thanks for the support. We in fact are not running in District 25, never have run against Doggett.
   Despite Ms. Morrow's sarcasm, the Green Party doesn't run to "mess up Democrats' chances." If you're concerned about that spoiling, you should support Instant Run-Off Voting for Texas. Democrats Rep. Eddie Rodriguez and Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos introduced bills allowing for it last year, but they went nowhere, opposed by the Republican Party, unsupported by the Democratic Party. This idea is gaining traction having passed in San Francisco and Berkeley, and supported by Dean, Kucinich, and the Utah Republican Party. Find out more about IRV at www.fairvote.org.
   If Ms. Morrow, or anyone else, wants to know what Greens are running for, just call.
John St. Denis
Co-Chair, Travis County Green Party
796-9439
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