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Has the Statehood Green Party’s sort-of revival gone so far that it’s started producing overenthusiastic supporters? LL has to think so, after hearing from a Statehood Green organizer who says the party isn’t behind a spree of political sticker mischief in the D.C. Council at-large race.
Well, sure, they made the stickers, which feature a burglar clutching money bags as a stand-in for Democrats who became independents to run for the seat. And they did hand them out at an event around 8th and H streets NE, where Democrat-turned-independent Eric Jones found them plastered on his signs.
Still, the party’s Perry Redd says the sticker vandalism can probably be blamed on overzealous supporters fired up after the event. Redd says rally attendees were “incensed” to hear about party-hoppers like Jones.
“We definitely will issue an apology to him,” Redd says. “What we can’t say is how that occurred.”
Party-swapping Democrats have long been a thorn in the side of the Statehood Greens, who used to have a chance at the two at-large seats reserved for non-Democrats. Then Democrats like Michael Brown and David Grosso ditched their party affiliations to take the seats as independents, and that made things much harder.
Redd, himself a former at-large candidate, complains that the system leaves Statehood Green candidate Eugene Puryear competing against Democrats who have been rejected by their original party.
“We have Democrats who the establishment has iced out,” Redd says.
Photo courtesy Eric Jones