Green candidate raps Bush — Nader, too
By Joseph Spector
(May 20, 2004) — David Cobb isn't trying to fool anyone. He knows he's not going to win the presidency.
But as a Green Party presidential candidate, Cobb hopes to build the growing party while not taking votes away from John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee. In 2000, Democrats blamed Green Party candidate Ralph Nader for pulling votes from Al Gore and helping George W. Bush win the election.
Cobb, 41, calls his candidacy "a nuisance campaign to get Bush out of office." Cobb was in Rochester on Wednesday to speak to supporters and meet with reporters and editors from the Democrat and Chronicle's editorial board.
Nader and Cobb appear to be the front-runners to get the Green Party's nomination at its convention June 24-27 in Milwaukee.
Cobb said Nader offers no benefit to the party.
"I don't understand how a Nader independence campaign helps the Green Party or the Progressive movement," said Cobb, a Texas native and former lawyer for the party.
Unlike Nader, Cobb doesn't want to step on the toes of Democrats as they try to oust Bush. He said he'd stay clear of campaigning in swing states.
Kerry and Nader were scheduled to meet to discuss their campaigns. If nominated by the Green Party, Cobb said he'd be willing to help Kerry.
David Atias, chairman of the Monroe County Green Party, said the local party has yet to decide whom it will back. Soon after Nader announced his candidacy earlier this year, the party said it would not back him because he wasn't seeking the party's nomination.
The Greens scored a victory locally in Tuesday's school board elections. Although school board elections are nonpartisan, Rome Celli was elected to the Brighton school board. Celli is a Green Party member and the first Green to be elected in Monroe County, Atias said.