Thursday, February 7, 2008

Not Everyone Can Run Against Mark Udall

It turns out that Buddy Moore wanted to run against Mark Udall as a peace candidate, but he hadn't been a Democrat long enough. Politicker reports:

On Jan. 9, a 52-year-old former police officer and ski patrolman named Gail "Buddy" Moore walked into Colorado Democratic Headquarters in Denver and said he wanted to run for the United States Senate.

"Nobody knew who he was," said state Democratic party political director Billy Compton. "We had to look him up."

Unfortunately for Moore, state law and Colorado Democratic Party rules require political candidates to be registered with the party for at least a year before the November general election: Moore only signed up to be a Democrat last December...

Moore’s campaign site is buddymooreforsenate.com.

4 comments:

Anne said...

Even though Buddy was excluded from the Democratic party due to a formality-His campaign continues. He now seeks the Green Party nomination. The Democratic 12 million dollars and the Republican 11 million dollars wont make the difference when voters look at the issues and vote their conscience in November for a truth and peace candidate!

gpd said...

Actually Buddy Moore has been rejected by the Greens as well. However, he continues to advertise a Green party candidate though the he is not eligible. The Greens have their own candidate running for Senate, Bob Kinsey, who has been a Green and didn’t just switch over to try and run for office. Buddy Moore is a party jumper who can’t seem to find a home. So if you see any Buddy Moore crap out there, put it in the recycling bin. Or give it back to Buddy so he can just cross out Green Party and write in the next party he decides to harm. Thanks Buddy.

greenqueen said...

Buddy Moore isn't a Democrat or a Republican or a Green. He looks like a "party jumper", so libertarians beware! These type of guys come outta nowhere and show up at political parties every four years. He doesn't even know how to become a candidate in any of these parties. He just wants attention with no real plan to stay with the Greens or any party. He's a ghost and he'll fade away as soon as things heat up. Here is your list of candidates for U.S. Senate folks:
Mark Udall - Democrats
Bob Schafer - Republicans
Bob Kinsey - Greens

Gary Swing said...

Certain members of the Colorado Green Party are playing a game of semantics, pretending that Buddy Moore is not eligible to be a Green Party candidate in order to block him from participating in their internal nomination process by convention. In fact, Buddy is legally eligible to seek the Green Party's nomination. He only needed to be a registered Green by March 3rd. His candidacy is legitimate according to the Green Party's bylaws, state election laws, the advice of the Secretary of State's Office, and private legal counsel. The Greens are claiming that because their party's bylaws only state that a candidate must be registered as a Green for two months before their nominating convention, but does not also state that a candidate must not have been a registered member of a major party for at least a year, that there is a conflict with state law. However, state law, court rulings, and rulings by the Secretary of State's Office have upheld the right of political parties to determine how long a person must be registered with their party to be eligible for candidacy. In 2002, there was a similar case in which the Green Party successfully nominated Ken Seaman as a candidate for U.S. Representative in Denver even though he had recently switched his voter registration from the Democratic Party to the Green Party (on my advice). At that time, his nomination violated Colorado election statutes, which themselves had been invalidated by legal precedents and a ruling from the Secretary of State's Office. I met Buddy last spring when he spoke at a climate change demonstration in Denver. We have corresponded about politics a great deal, and I support his candidacy. When I read that he had sought the Democratic Party's nomination, but had been disqualified, I offered my advice that he switch to the Green Party and run for their nomination for either the U.S. Senate or for U.S. Representative. I spoke with him about the regulations concerning party nominations and political affiliation requirements. Buddy was not affiliated with any political party until last December when he joined the Democratic Party to support the Kucinich campaign. Kucinich withdrew before the Colorado presidential cacuses. I briefly switched my party affiliation from Green to Democrat to vote in the presidential caucus (I voted for Mike Gravel for president and Mark Benner for U.S. Senate). The day after the caucuses, Buddy registered as a Green, and I re-registered as a Green to support Buddy's candidacy. I believe Buddy is the best candidate running for U.S. Senate, with solid values. Bob Kinsey is a good candidate as well, but I believe that Buddy has a better understanding of how severe the political situation is in the United States today. The organizers of the Green Party would have been wiser to encourage Buddy to run for U.S. Representative rather than demonizing him for offering them another choice for the Senate nomination.
Buddy is a perfectly legitimate candidate. He now has the option of petitioning onto a Green Party primary ballot during the months of April and May.