The Baltimore City Paper has endorsed four Green Party candidates: Maria Allwine for State Senate in district 43,
The 43rd District offers the best chance in this year’s election to put some Greens in a place where they might be able to offer more than right-on rhetoric, and you can start with Maria Allwine. Legal secretary and peace activist Allwine is unlikely to get many opportunities to exercise her anti-Iraq war passion in Annapolis, but she and her fellow Greens have a plan to “re-Marylandize” the state’s power plants and take back Maryland’s energy future from BGE that we admire, along with their professed dedication to working on behalf of working people instead of special interests (given the tumbleweed-ridden state of their campaign coffers, we believe them on this one). After all, who can argue against full funding of the schools? And while universal health care might be a more contentious issue, again, at root, who doesn’t want to get the care they need when they need it without being cleaned out in the bargain? Incumbent Sen. Conway is seeking her second return trip to the statehouse, but we have trouble mustering much enthusiasm for her re-election. Vote Allwine and see what happens. There’s a slim chance something might actually change.
In the 40th House of Delegates district they have endorsed Jan Danforth:
Jan Danforth of the Green Party, who, working from the Green platform, could bring a much-needed progressive voice to Annapolis. Danforth’s political newbie status makes her a bit of a wildcard, but under the circumstances, she’s a smart bet.
In the 43rd House of Delegates district they endorse Brandy Baker and Dick Ochs:
We urge you to consider touching the screen for Baker and Ochs, political newcomers but longtime activists and sober-minded concerned citizens. Even [Republican] Girard, a perennial also-ran, agrees with the Green Party that Maryland should attempt to reregulate its power plants, and the Greens’ grass-roots machine perhaps offers them, and us, hope in this race.
Grass roots machine! Woo Hoo!
While the papers endorses Democrats from Senate and Governor, they do give a serious nod to Kevin before settling back into the lesser evil mode:
There is no third-party candidate on the Baltimore City ballot this year more substantive than Green Party major domo Kevin Zeese, and we’d like to see him in office–some office–sooner rather than later. But there is an ugly fight under way for control of the U.S. Senate, and the race between the two mainstream-party candidates for this seat has turned fairly ugly as well, with policy differences and records of service largely shoved aside for posturing and misleading hair-splitting. And so we endorse [ugh!!] U.S. Rep. Ben Cardin.
Even Ed gets a wink and a nod in the paper edition of the paper (I’m told). The front page of the paper lists the names Ehrlich, O’Malley, and Boyd, with Ehrlich and O’Malley crossed out–seemingly a silent acknowledgement of where their hearts are.