One good sign of a party’s power is its effectiveness in carrying out bread-and-butter campaign tasks, tasks like getting the thousands of signatures to put party candidates on the ballot. Independent Political Report notes that the the Independent Green Party of Virginia has managed the feat of putting a candidate for the House of Representatives onto the ballot in each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts.
The IGVA — which split off from the Green Party of Virginia and is not recognized by the national Green Party in the United States — is out-hustling the Green Party of Virginia in marked fashion. While the GPVA has not put out a newsletter since last year and makes no mention of candidates running for office in 2010, the Independent Green Party of Virginia has publicly identified each of its candidates and provided each of them with promotional material.
While the IGVA is occupying the “Green” name space in nominal terms, it is divergent from the Ten Key Values in action, restricting its environmental agenda as a party to the endorsement of passenger rail for Virginia. IGVA congressional candidate Jeffrey A. Clark openly advocates for anti-abortion, anti-marriage equality, anti-immigration, oil drilling deregulation, anti-health-care-reform, and pro-tax-cut policies in his campaign. This is not a typical “Green Party” approach.
What makes a “Green”? Will Virginia conservatives be willing to vote for conservative candidates who sport the “Green” label this November? Will members of the Green Party of Virginia be inclined to vote for IGVA candidates this fall because the name “Green Party” is part of the line on the ballot?