Polling cited in the Contra Costa Times suggests that Chevron-coddling Richmond Mayor Irma Anderson is in danger of losing her seat to Green Party city councilwoman Gayle McLaughlin, despite outspending her challenger by about seven to one. Democrats seem so worried about the apparent surge of support for Greens in Richmond, Oakland and elsewhere, that Congresswoman Barbara Lee just joined with Anderson to demand that McLaughlin support the state’s Democratic ticket. Read the press release after the jump.
BARBARA LEE & IRMA ANDERSON CALL ON GAYLE MCLAUGHLIN TO SUPPORT STATE DEMOCRATIC TICKET
Green Party support could cost Democrats statewide offices
(Richmond, CA) – Congresswoman Barbara Lee is joining with Mayor Irma Anderson to call on Richmond Mayoral candidate and Green Party member Gayle McLaughlin to publicly announce her support for the Democratic candidates for statewide office. McLaughlin has endorsed against Democratic statewide candidates.
“Four races in California are close enough that progressive support for Greens over Democrats could make Richmond the Florida of the 2006 election,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee.
Polling shows that four statewide races could be within the margin of error. All four races have a Green Party candidate.
.. Lieutenant Governor between Democrat John Garamendi and Republican Tom McClintock
.. Secretary of State between Democrat Debra Bowen and Republican Bruce McPherson
.. Controller between Democrat John Chiang and Republican Tony Strickland
.. Insurance Commissioner between Democrat Cruz Bustamante and Republican Steve Poizner
PRESS CONFERENCE & PHOTO OP
WHAT: Barbara Lee, Irma Anderson & Contra Costa County Democratic Party leaders call on Gayle McLaughlin to endorse Democrats for statewide office
WHEN: Thursday, November 2nd, 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: West County Democrat/Irma Anderson Headquarters
3431 D Macdonald Avenue (at 35th)
WHO: Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Mayor Irma Anderson, Democratic Party
Executive Boardmember Gabriel Baty, and Community Advocates
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