Comment of Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, on withdrawal of Rick Lazio from Gubernatorial race

Howie Hawkins for Governor - Green Party

September 27, 2010
For Immediate Release

Howie Hawkins, 315 425-1019
Mark Dunlea, 518 860-3725


"Mr. Lazio must have realized that weren't many voters between the far right positions of Paladino and the center-right position of Andy Cuomo, especially on economic issues. It just highlights the need to open the Gubernatorial debate up to all the ballot qualified candidates. Right now the issues supported by a majority of New Yorkers are not being represented by the conservative-leaning candidates of the so-called major parties. Hopefully between now and election day the media will help inform the voters of where the candidates stand on issues such as jobs, health care, schools, and the budget deficit," said Hawkins.


Hawkins said that Lazio's departure highlighted the need to overhaul the state's election laws.


"The Democrats and Republicans use the election law as a club to beat down third party and independent challenges to the status quo. But when it serves their interest, the major parties are given loophole after loophole to move their chosen candidates on and off the ballot," said Hawkins.


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