Drew Pritt, who as a Democrat was the first openly gay man to run for statewide office in Arkansas, says that he doesn’t think he could vote Green if Cynthia McKinney is the party’s nominee for president.
“I have problems with [McKinney’s] candidacy,” Mr. Pritt says. “You see, running for President should mean that you have someone who has earned the right to represent the party, not use the party for political expediency.”
Pritt condemns McKinney for what he perceives as her antisemitism: “Cynthia McKinney has openly attacked members of the Jewish community. I am Jewish by heritage and I find her statements heinous and rather distasteful in the very least.”
He says that he met McKinney in 1996 and that she was then positive and full of promise, but she changed.
“She became divisive, obstructionist, and one who doesnâ€™t look to unite but to divide,” Pritt says. “Cynthia McKinney, like H. Ross Perot in 1996, or Bob Barr this year, would do more to harm the gains your party has painstakingly made over the years.”
“For those of us who are in the Progressive Community, in the GLBT Community, in the Jewish-American community, and in many voting communities, the choice of Cynthia McKinney is no choice at all.”
Instead, Pritt says the Green Party should nominate Jesse Johnson.
Mr. Pritt says that he’s still a Democrat.
You can read his open letter in its entirety here.