Unitarian Universalist U.S. Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel has endorsed Green Party presidential candidate Jesse Johnson. There are four candidates seeking the Green Party’s nomination: Johnson, former Democratic U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney, Kent Mesplay, and Kat Swift. Ralph Nader is running an independent campaign for president.
In his endorsement for Johnson, Gravel says:
“My political party long ago walked away from taking the necessary steps that will safe guard our nation’s and our children’s futures. I worked dedicatedly throughout my career as a U.S. Senator to protect the precious resources our country had within it’s boundaries as well as to mitigate the negative impact our businesses and individuals were having on the planet. I have watched the ever important job of stewarding these gifts vanish from the political landscape and I hold the Democratic Party leadership responsible for giving up that fight.”
“We’ve seen the havoc the two parties can wreak, on a global scale, by locking out the voices of reason – by eliminating the third party voices. I want to amplify those voices to save our country from our own shortsighted and greedy actions. If we want to end the war in Iraq, provide health care to all citizens, educate our young people, we’re going to have to start not only working together with these alternate parties: but literally working to support them. That’s why I’m supporting Jesse Johnson’s campaign for President.”