Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter 2 Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 1 (3 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   1 comment

General News

Green Jesse Johnson picks up major Democratic endorsement in WV US Senate race

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

- Advertisement -

After losing the race to represent the Democrats in a special US Senate election, former Democratic politician (and arguably, institution as far as West Virginia is concerned) Ken Hechler has endorsed Jesse Johnson. Johnson is the nominee for US Senate of the Mountain Party, West Virginia's affiliate of the Green Party.

Salon describes Hechler and his motivation for, at 95, running for Senate:

In his 95 years, Ken Hechler has recorded history from the front lines in World War II, debriefed Hitler's top commanders before the Nuremberg Trials, advised Harry Truman, marched with Martin Luther King, published several books, been the subject of a documentary, and -- somewhere between all of this -- served nine terms in Congress and four as West Virginia's secretary of state"

You say that you aren't running anyone and that you want to use this race to raise awareness of mountaintop removal from strip mining. Why single out this issue?

I'm not really running for the Senate, I'm running to enable the people of West Virginia to register at the polls their opposition to this devastating practice, which hurts so many people in the valleys when they dump the rocks in the soil and all the things that they're blasting out of the mountains into people's front yards.

Hechler received about 17 percent of the vote in the primary. Now Johnson is the only candidate in the race who opposes mountaintop removal, a situation he was also in when he ran for governor in 2008.

- Advertisement -

The following video was posted on the front page of Johnson's website:

From the Sunday Gazette-Mail:

"People were voting not against mountaintop removal, but were actually voting against my age of 95," he said.

Johnson doesn't have that "handicap," Hechler said.

"He's 51 years old," Hechler said as he introduced Johnson, who also opposes mountaintop removal. "Compare that with a 95-year-old, and you'll see why you're going to have a huge outpouring of support for Jesse Johnson."

- Advertisement -

Johnson has previously run for governor, U.S Senate and president. He said he would run a grass-roots campaign and stand up to rich and powerful interests.

"It's time for business as usual to be over," he said.

 

Ross Levin a young activist who also writes for keystonepolitics.com, operationitch.com, independentpoliticalreport.com. He first became active in politics in the 2008 presidential campaign through Mike Gravel's quixotic run for the Democratic (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Obama DoJ indicts NSA whistleblower...are you mad yet?

Take action on the BP disaster: protests near you (including national events on 6/12 and 6/26)

Glenn Greenwald: 'This is what the Democratic Party does; it's who they are'

More change from the states: New Mexico joins the Move Your Money campaign

Here's some quality, independent media that's worth your time

Thinking beyond the two party system

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
1 people are discussing this page, with 1 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

If you're sick of the Democrats, if you're tired o... by Ross Levin on Sunday, Sep 12, 2010 at 8:02:59 PM