California Delegates to Play 'Key' Role
at Green Party National Convention This
Week; Presidential Nominee Still Mystery
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: June 24, 2004
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
Tom Bolema (onsite at the convention), 661-674-8158
MILWAUKEE - Delegates from the Green Party of California began arriving
here today, and are expected to play a key ? and possibly dominant role ?
at the Green National Convention this week, where the party is expected to
choose a Green Presidential nominee or endorse the independent run of Ralph
Many see California's delegation as key to whatever happens at the
convention. The state's 132 delegates ? far more than any other state (the
next closest state has only 40) ? are nearly a third of the 418 delegates
needed for nomination or to endorse.
The California connection is even deeper than the monster delegate count.
The leading Green Presidential candidate is Northern California resident
David Cobb, who leads all candidates with 158 of 835 possible Green delegates.
And, former California gubernatorial and recall candidate Peter Camejo,
who lives in a Sacramento suburb, has the second-highest delegate count and
goes to Milwaukee with the vast majority of the California delegates
allotted to him.
Camejo has was also chosen earlier this week as the vice-presidential pick
of Nader. Camejo has said he will urge state delegates to endorse, but not
nominate, Nader and Cobb at the convention and then let each state decide
who to run.
"Just four years ago, we were a collection of state parties with no
national party. This convention will be a first because it will be a truly
contested presidential race. And, we will endeavor to make it an example of
the democratic principles upon which this party was founded," said Jim
Stauffer, a state delegate from San Jose.
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437