By David Dupont, BGIndependentmedia.org, May 29th, 2016:
Joe DeMare, Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, was a happy guy when he arrived for his interview with the BG Independent News.
The results from the presidential election were in, and the Green Party candidate had won. That would be the Austrian presidential election, and the winning candidate was Alexander Van der Bellen.
“It’s a good day to be a Green,” DeMare said. “Our first head of state.”
The Bowling Green resident has set his sights on being the first Green in the U.S. Senate.
In part his campaign was spurred by the requirements of the political system. In order to maintain its place on the Ohio ballot, the party must secure votes in a statewide primary race. DeMare’s candidacy was intended to achieve that.
He noted that about half the registered Green voters who cast ballots in the March primary defected to the Democrats, most likely to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. But, he said, for every Green who voted Democratic, two unaffiliated voters cast Green ballots. So the Greens came out stronger.
DeMare expects that many of those Sanders-leaning Greens will return to the fold in November if Hillary Clinton wins the nomination. Jill Stein will be the party’s presidential candidate.
DeMare, though, is running for more than strategic reasons. The incumbent, Republican Senator Rob Portman, “desperately needs to be replaced, and I intend to replace him.”
The Republican Party doesn’t know enough about science to be entrusted with the environment, he said. He cited a recent rider on the defense appropriations bill that would weaken legislation on ocean-going vessels dumping their ballast into the Great Lakes.
For him, the Democrats are little better. “I feel the Democrats have been given many opportunities to protect our country and our ecology. And sometimes they’ve come through. But more and more, especially over the past 10 years, they’ve failed again and again,” he said. “If I thought the Democrats could do it, I’d be a Democrat.”