yeesshh... At least we're in this a little bit together, right?

The Green Party of Washington State sent out a mailer recently taking a hard stance on Democrats in Congress (well, point taken). But, then they try to connect Democrats in Washington with a handful of local non-partisan races, including two races in Thurston County:

Last November voters voice their disproval (sic) of the machinations of the Bush administration by electing Democratic majorities in both house of Congress. Voters mistakenly believed that the Democrats would end the war in Iraq, raise the federal minimum wage, rein in corporate power...
As of today, the Democrats haven't done a darn thing!
If nothing else, 2007 is proof that Washingtonians and Americans NEED a new political voice...
Best of all, a good portion of your contribution will be used to aid the candidacies of 4 Green Party members...
The problem isn't really that the Green Party is sending out mailers attacking Democrats or that they're using local candidates to solicit funds for their organization, but that they're using at least one candidate that is already getting help from Democrats in Thurston County.

Meta Hogan is running for Mayor of Olympia, and is receiving "campaign services" from the Thurston County Democrats. Campaign services essentially means that she'll be able to use our bulk mail permit, our database and other stuff. Its also as close as we get to endorsing anyone for local races. Meta is a great candidate and I was happy that she approached the county party for services and I was happy to vote for her.

Anyway, the letter disturbed me because it runs counter to what has been working in Thurston County since 2004, Progressives reaching across interests and labels to support each other. The Thurston County Progressive Network is a great example of this kind of work. TC Pro-Net is not an organization or political party, but rather the hub of a lot of progressive work in Thurston County. Not everyone is going to be into every project, but the point is that we should be talking to each other and supporting each others' efforts as much as we can. Not, tearing each other down.

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by emmettoconnell on Fri Aug 03, 2007 at 09:11:10 PM PST

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The Greens really should get over themselves. That holier than thou attitude is a real turn off. But maybe their real purpose is to parade their purity rather than get anybody elected to anything.

They also seem to have forgotten to read a newspaper lately:

Associated Press
Federal Minimum Wage to Rise by 70 Cents
By JESSE J. HOLLAND 07.23.07, 3:40 PM ET

Overlooking the hard battle that Democrats fought to raise the minimum wage shows that the Greens dismiss it as unimportant. Must be a pretty flimsy  social justice plank in their platform. Raising the Federal mininum wage was a really big deal for millions of folks in other states than don't have a state minimum wage above the Federal standard.

And if the Greens were being honest about it they'd acknowledge that it's the Republicans who are working overtime in an attempt to block everything the Democrats are trying to do. But nooo, the Greens are all too willing to join the Republicans in blaming the Democrats.

by citizensteve on Sat Aug 04, 2007 at 05:19:40 PM PST

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Well, as a Green that got Democrats sending me hate emails, and hateful phone calls, as well as people who would try and verbally attack me in public for running as a Green for King County Executive, I'll jump in on this thread.

Just look at all the threads about Diebold here on Washblog. The Democratic Leadership at the State Level, at the County Level, and at the National level betrays the grassroots in the Democratic party constantly. When Andy Stephenson ran as a Democrat, and I was a Democratic PCO running his campaign for Secretary of State, the campaign made it into The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and is now part of an HBO Documentary that is up for an Emmy. But did any of this translate into support for our campaign from the party leadership. Hell no. The State Party supported Laura "Votehere" Rudderman.

Sure we got support from the grassroots. That's not the issue. Sure we are together on a lot of the issues, at the grassroots. That's still not the issue. The issue is that the Democratic Party leadership does not follow the lead of the Democratic Party's Membership and voter base.

The letter you reference in the article does not attack Democratic Party activists, it attacks the leadership. It also does not attack the local Dems, it attacks Washington DC Dems. The same thing I see in several other threads on this blog.
The recent FISA wiretap vote being just one example.

So I admire those of you who are trying to change the Democratic Party from the inside. I tried as a Democrat. It wasn't encouraging.

I've voted for Democrats. I work with Democrats. Most of my best friends are Democrats. But as someone who has worn both shoes, both Blue and Green. The amount of vitriolic hateful attacks you will suffer from the Democrats if you ever run as a Green is simply unbelievable unless you walk a mile in those shoes.

Just look how you've blown up this letter. I watched Darcy Burner's recent DailyKos video, where she mentions that the Dems need to elect more and "better" Democrats. Where's your outrage?
I happen to agree with her wholeheartedly. Elect better Dems. Dems that don't support the Patriot Act, Dems that don't roll over for the most corrupt administration in history.

This letter doesn't say anything about the Democratic Leadership that rank and file Democrats don't say every single day I talk to them... or read this blog... there's more direct attacks against the Democratic Party Leaders from grassroots dems in the pages of this blog then appear in the letter you highlight.

And what about I-25 and Ron Sims footdragging? Why the special treatment for I-25, checking every signature?

I support good Dems all the time. I could list 20 off the top of my head locally. But I'd have a hard time naming 20 Dems in Congress or Senate that I really care about.

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