Auguston switches from Prez to Congress

GREEN CANDIDATE DROPS ’08 PRESIDENTIAL BID

Augustson to Target Emanuel’s Seat House Seat

Dear Greens, Friends and Allies:

I will cease to actively pursue the 2008 Green Party nomination for President of the United States. This is not an action I take lightly.  I may re-visit the possibility of a Presidential bid at some later time.

For now, I am turning my attention to the pursuit of a different target: the Fifth Congressional District of Illinois. This, my home district, is currently represented by Mr. Rahm Emanuel (D), who is scheduled to run unopposed in 2008. Mr. Emanuel has also, unfortunately, failed to heed and obey the mandate of the American people in the mid-term elections.  He has supported the reprehensible so-called “USA PATRIOT Act” through which we are made less free, though not one bit safer, with each passing day. He has also callously failed to support a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq, and has not given Universal Healthcare the support it deserves.

This is a more manageable target, and a smarter, more efficient use of my time and energy. I believe the people of Illinois will stand up for a real alternative, and from this position I will be able to push the Green point of view more visibly and effectively than as a severely-underfunded presidential candidate.

I remain grateful for the friends I have made throughout this process, and hope that they will stay tuned as the Green Party continues the quest to heal America. You have all my best wishes.

Respectfully,

Alan Augustson, MPP

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