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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sen. Mike Gravel supports Jesse Johnson!

RELEASE Sen. Mike Gravel supports Green pres. candidate Jesse Johnson~~~ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11 March 2008 ~~~Contact: Joel Brown, 703 864 5199, joelbrown88@yahoo.com Steve Kramer, 240 426 3338, scooter@the-exchange-us.com Committee to elect Jesse Johnson~~~Chris Petherick, 703 980 8055, chris@gravel2008.us Jon Kraus, 203 209 7736, jon@gravel2008.us Gravel for President~~~ National Statesman and International Hero Senator Mike Gravel Supports Jesse Johnson¹s Bid for President~~~ In what has to be the most unprecedented cross party statement of support Democratic Party Candidate for President Mike Gravel announced that he has decided to support the campaign of Green Party Candidate Jesse Johnson running for the nomination on the Green Party Ticket.~~~After a meeting between the two in Washington DC Friday, Gravel stated, ³My political party long ago walked away from taking the necessary steps that will safe guard our nation¹s and our children¹s futures. I worked dedicatedly throughout my career as a U.S. Senator to protect the precious resources our country had within it¹s boundaries as well as to mitigate the negative impact our businesses and individuals were having on the planet. I have watched the ever important job of stewarding these gifts vanish from the political landscape and I hold the Democratic Party leadership responsible for giving up that fight.²~~~Why did Gravel choose Johnson from among the other candidates vying for the nomination in all the campaigns of all available political parties? Gravel explains, ³I¹m supporting Jesse because he began his political career with the determination that the environmental plundering must stop. He placed every other interest on hold to run for office, in his home state and now nationally, to challenge the corporations that destroy our national resources and then harvest from this practice a toxic energy source; coal. The mountain top mining practices devastate the landscape by blowing apart mountains and then carbon belching plants burn the coal creating a form of energy that serves as one of the major contributors for global climate change.²~~~Gravel continues, ³We must have a voice in the political realm speaking earnestly and intelligently about all of our environmental needs. Johnson and the Green Party have that environmental credibility that we Democrats have lost.²~~~Senator Gravel intends to travel and campaign with Jesse Johnson as their schedule allows. ~~~Jesse Johnson, former chair of the West Virginia Mountain Party and two time candidate for statewide office, said that this sort of cross party support ³was just the kind of non-traditional, selfless act that we have come to know Senator Mike Gravel to make. When he read the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional record, or filibustered to end the draft he had his eye ­ at all times ­ on the big picture and the needs of others. I am not surprised that a true patriot and advocate of the citizen as leader of our country would take such an unprecedented and bold stand. And I am honored and humbled that he has selected my campaign and the Green Party as his allies in this very important race to save our environment from the actions of humans.²~~~Gravel closed by saying, ³We¹ve seen the havoc the two parties can wreak, on a global scale, by locking out the voices of reason ­ by eliminating the third party voices. I want to amplify those voices to save our country from our own shortsighted and greedy actions. If we want to end the war in Iraq, provide health care to all citizens, educate our young people, we¹re going to have to start not only working together with these alternate parties: but literally working to support them. That¹s why I¹m supporting Jesse Johnson¹s campaign for President.²


At Wed Mar 12, 09:54:00 PM CDT, Blogger Renegade Eye said...

That is incredible. Funny he didn't support the mainstream Green candidates as Nader.

At Wed Mar 12, 10:40:00 PM CDT, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

Nader is not a Green.

Gravel was willing to be Nader's running mate. Not sure if this is an exclusive endorsement of Jesse Johnson.


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