Faxploitation: Green Is Just Another Word For Nothing Left to Lose

It’s getting pretty late in the election run-up, but the California Green Party has decided it’s finally time to launch their first round of TV and radio ads for perpetual gubernatorial candidate Peter Camejo, and it looks like they’ve taken a page from the political playbook of Kinky Friedman, the outside candidate for the Texas gov’s seat whose unforgettable campaign slogan is “Why the hell not?” The Cal Green’s ad blitz is aimed at Democrats, and their pitch goes like this: Angelides can’t win, so you might as well vote your conscience. True, votes for the Greens will help build the party, even if Camejo can’t win either. And also true, as of today, Schwarzenneger is polling 18 points ahead of Angelides statewide. But with thirteen percent of the electorate still undecided, doesn’t this sound an awful lot like an argument we heard back in 2000? The full press release after the jump.

    URGENT NEWS ADVISORY
    Thursday, October 26, 2006

    ATTN: Political Desk

    Camejo for Governor campaign launches first-ever TV, radio blitz; Camejo declares race ‘over,’ asks voters to vote for him, not Angelides

    SACRAMENTO – The Camejo for Governor Campaign announced here today it has
    launched – for the first time ever in a Green Party gubernatorial race – a
    statewide radio and television campaign.

    In the spots, Green Party candidate Peter Camejo, urges voters to not vote
    for Democratic Party candidate Phil Angelides.

    “The race for governor is over. Once again the democrats have handed the
    governorship to the republicans,” said Camejo in one of the spots, directed
    at Democratic Party and other voters, who often say they want to vote for
    Camejo and other Greens but don’t want to hurt the chances of democrat
    candidates.

    “You’re (now) free to vote who whoever you want. A vote for the Green
    Party, which opposes war, the Patriot Act, that is against the death
    penalty and three strikes, that will tax the rich and corporations. It
    would be a powerful message…to vote for peace, fair taxes, funding
    education, universal healthcare and to save our planet,” Camejo said.

    The modest buy will include network and cable television, and radio time,
    in the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento markets. Radio spots have
    already begun, and television ads are expected to begin early next week.

    Contributions for the advertising campaign – unlike the democratic and
    republican parties, who received obscene special interests monies – come
    entirely from small donations from individuals. The spots were created
    using volunteers.

    The Camejo campaign is not alone in pioneering mass media buys this
    election season. Dr. Forrest Hill, the Green Secretary of State candidate,
    already has television and radio spots running statewide, and many other
    Green candidates are running radio campaigns’ for the first time.

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