10/7/12 News Release: Green Candidate Hassig on Overcoming the Exclusionary Actions of Powerful People Who Oppose Change

Green Candidate Hassig on Overcoming the Exclusionary Actions of
Powerful People Who Oppose Change

The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce demonstrated its belief in
the importance of an informed electorate when it decided to invite all
ballot line candidates to its September 25th Candidate Forum.  I very
much enjoyed being part of this premiere Campaign 2012 event.  My
heartfelt thanks goes out to the Adirondack Chamber.

It appears that there are powerful entities in the 21st Congressional
District that do not share this belief.  WPTZ TV 5 will conduct a
Candidate Debate on October 16th in Plattsburgh.  I have not been
invited to participate.  Sinan Sadar, news director at TV 5 refuses to
respond to my requests for dialogue.  YNN TV 10 in Syracuse will
conduct a Candidate Debate in Watertown later in the month.  Once
again, I have not been invited to participate.  Michael Johnson,
producer of Capital Now was willing to discuss YNN’s decision to
exclude the Green Party.  He stated that only candidates who had
received 10 percent respondent support in an independent poll were
eligible to participate.  He explained that this requirement had been
created to eliminate candidates who were not serious about running.  I
countered that I was very serious about my campaign and that it had
taken a significant amount of work to obtain the Green Party ballot
line and to actively campaign across the large NY-21 district since
beginning my campaign in July 2011.  The League of Women Voters and
the American Association of University Women of St. Lawrence County
are sponsoring a “Candidate Conversations” series that is produced and
broadcast by WCKN TV, the Clarkson University television station.
This series is the only avenue open to candidates for outreach to
Clarkson University students.  I have not been given the opportunity
to participate in this candidate awareness building activity.

There are several reasons why powerful people attempt to silence the
Green Party.  The love of money and social status are at the center of
the exclusionary behavior.  The corporate controlled news media
suppresses the voice of the Green Party because the corporations know
that the Green Party is all about reducing the power of the
corporations.  The League of Women Voters is committed to the two
party system.  This most conventional institution finds the strong
anti-corporate stance of the Green Party unpalatable.  Clarkson
University is in the business of producing corporate employees; the
decision-makers at Clarkson see the Green Party as nothing but
trouble.

I believe in fairness and freedom in all good things.  I would very
much like to participate in every opportunity to share my ideas and
abilities with voters.  I have given a considerable amount of thought
to what can be done to overcome the exclusionary acts of powerful
people who oppose change.  It is clear to me that going directly to
the people is key to overcoming the bad behaviors of the powerful.  I
will conduct my voter outreach in public places including parks,
hospitals, college campuses, beaches and high school sporting fields.
I will speak every time I get a chance.  I am strong.  I am free.  I
will bring great change in America.  Viva the Green Party.

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