Dear Jeffrey, Alex and Michael,
Your article ("Situational Democracy: The Show Me the Green Party", August 27, 2004) contains many factual inaccuracies.
1) I am no longer co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. My term ended in June, 2004.
2) There are seven co-chairs of the Green Party of the United States, not three.
3) I did not ever raise money for the Clintons or US Senator Paul Wellstone.
4) You imply that I'm an east coast refugee. Actually, I'm from Minnesota.
5) I'm not in the "inner circle" of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon. I have never been elected to serve on any of our state party's committees.
6) No committee or group in the Pacific Green Party of Oregon decided "not to pursue a replacement candidate" for Oregon's 5th Congressional district. Mitch Besser, our nominee, withdrew on the day of the Secretary of State's filing deadline. I was not aware of that Mitch actually withdrew until after the filing deadline passed. Moreover, I haven't seen, spoken with or written to Mitch Besser since May, 2004.
7) It is wrong that there are no PGP candidates will impact the election of Democratic incumbents. Teresa Keane is running a strong campaign against US Senator Ron Wyden.
8) The article only reported on my Democratic credentials, and conveniently omitted my work for the Greens. I was elected to serve as the co-chair of the national party. I was elected to be the co-chair of the national party's fundraising committee. I was also elected to serve as the national party's representative to the Global Green Network. I've advised and trained many Green candidates on fundraising and organizational development issues. For example, I served as finance director on Ralph Nader's presidential campaign in 2000.
9) Donnelly implies that because I switched parties from the Democrats, I must be a Democratic spy. But people change parties all the time. Matt Gonzalez and Peter Camejo are two good examples.
Doesn't CounterPunch check the facts in its articles?
Next time, Donnelly might consider interviewing the people he writes about. It's an easy way to prevent so many sloppy mistakes.