Fahrenheit 9/11's Michael Moore Backs Green Candidate Over War Democrat In Key State Congressional Race
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Wed., July 21, 2004
Cres Vellucci, GPCA Spokesperson, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
SAN FRANCISCO – Fahrenheit 9/11 creator Michael Moore has endorsed a Green
Party candidate over the longtime incumbent Democrat – Rep. Tom Lantos – in
California's 12th Congressional District (San Francisco/San Mateo),
according to film maker's website.
The election of Pat Gray, the Green candidate, is "pretty achievable"
because of a "strong anti-Lantos movement," said Moore, who calls Lantos a
Gray – who believes the U.S. should pull out of Iraq immediately – said
voters in her district are strongly opposed to the war, as evidenced by two
candidates who ran against the 12-term incumbent Lantos in the Democratic
"You can't find people in District 12 who are enthusiastic for this war,"
said Gray, a community activist and former schoolteacher. "We are very much
opposed to war but also to its secondary effects on us at home. There is no
money for schools, health care and environmental protection."
Moore's website has now been rebuilt, excluding the endorsement. What follows is the text regarding Gray on www.michaelmoore.com/takeaction/vote/greens.php.
"Incumbent Tom Lantos is a Democratic war hawk who helps blur the line
between the two major parties. He's angered his constituency by voting and
behaving like a Republican, leaving no clear choice for voters in the area.
That's where the Green Party's Patricia Gray comes in. A former teacher,
artist, and social activist, she has organized for issues like universal
health care, energy deregulation, and public funding of political
campaigns. She stands a decent shot at winning, too, as part of San
Francisco is included in her district, and there is a strong anti-Lantos
movement. So we've got an experienced Green running for office in a highly
progressive area with no real Democratic candidate? (Her) election could be
Gray is also endorsed by Green heavyweights San Francisco Board of
Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez, and former Green gubernatorial
candidate Peter Camejo, and one Democratic Primary opponent of Lantos. Her
campaign has already raised more in individual campaign contributions than
any other Green congressional campaign in California history.
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437