The Green Party’s $1,200 state budget does not allow for a lunch
on the Royal Gorge Route train like the Democrats’, and it will not
be held in a venue as large as the City Lights Pavilion, like the
Republicans’ assembly, but the Greens still find a way to attend to
The Green Party held its state convention in a Mennonite
Fellowship where Greens had the opportunity to listen to two of
their presidential hopefuls speak.
“If what I do helps defeat John Kerry, I can live with that,”
said Kent Mesplay, a presidential hopeful.
Mesplay said that while he may be the underdog, he believes the
Green Party has a chance to win in the presidential election if he
recruits a high-profile running mate.
“We can win,” Mesplay said. “I know it sounds absolutely
impossible. I’m reaching out to people who are frustrated with the
Mesplay said that he had already asked Erin Brockovich to be his
running mate, and although she was flattered, she declined because
of time constraints.
Sunny Maynard, a Denver Green, said she had been having problems
recruiting members because people often blame the Green Party for
President Bush being elected.
“Now, when you try to register a Democrat as a Green, they can
be downright hostile,” Maynard said. “The Democrats are as wedded
to corporate money as the Republicans.”
Maynard said the party system that is currently in place does
not constitute a two-party system.
“We don’t really have a two-party system. We have a corporate
party,” Maynard said. “We’re the second party. The problem is
getting the word out.”
Bob Kinsey officially received the Colorado Green Party’s
endorsement to run against Republican Marilyn Musgrave in the race
for the U.S. Congressional House seat for district four.
Jason Rosenholtz-Witt of the University of Northern Colorado
Greens came to the convention to represent his organization as it
becomes The Greeley Greens. He said that the Green Party has the
greatest effect on the local levels of government.
“Really important decisions get made on that level,”
Rosenholtz-Witt said. “It’s basically starting from the inside
The Greeley Greens are comprised of 10 core members, although
its mailing list has about 75 members.
“We’re the only campus Green Party in the state,”
Rosenholtz-Witt said. “I would love for there to be a CSU Green
Party, so we could work together on issues.”