Cavlan campaign fights back/Ed Felienís response
As Ed Felien requested at the forum at Mayday Books on Sunday, I am writing you a letter. I was not going to at first because the request was such a put downóan insult. And certainly was not an answer to my question. I had certainly hoped that the publication that many think of as the one that will report news†with relative objectivity and fairness would give equal space to all candidates. The Pulse†has not lived up to its reputation.
Michael Cavlan†was the first of the Senate candidates to demand an immediate withdrawal of military from Iraq and, as of now, is the only credible anti-war campaign. He challenged Rep. Kennedy to institute the articles of impeachment against the President in the U.S. House. He has spoken widely on his experiences as an official observer of the presidential election recount in Ohio. Our democracy is at risk of being completely obliterated by election fraud and he is willing to talk about it and what needs to be done by Congress in order to restore confidence in our electoral system.
But none of his issues are spoken of in The Pulse, and, of course, not in the
Twin Cities corporate media. Michael Cavlan has some very strong opposition:
Amy Klobuchar, Ford Bell and Rep. Kennedy, all of whom have huge chests of money
to spend on any publicity they need. A lot of that comes from donations from
those who have read the news carried by the corporate media in this area. And,
of course, now The Pulse. We expect that from the corporate media. And, if you
know anything about the Green Party, you understand that we do not take any
donations from corporations, PACs or special interest groups. And, Iím
sure you must understand the reason for that. It may hamper our campaign but
that means we will be working for the people, not corporate interests. Giving
some publicity to Michaelís campaign after heís endorsed by the
Green Party is too little, too late. Neither Amy, Ford, or Kennedy has been
endorsed by their parties. but youíre printing†much
about them. Also, you attempted to throw the blame on Phil
Wilkie. I thought you were the editor and owner of The Pulse, not Phil.
I know Phil. He doesnít like our campaign, has said so, and will not treat
And finally you dismissed me by suggesting that I write a letter. Well, here
it is. But, Iíll have to tell you that many in that room saw what you
were doing and were as insulted as I was. At the end of the day, as I was getting
ready to leave, several people stopped me and said, ďEd never really answered
you.Ē Your attempts to answer my question about the lack of fairness shown
by The†Pulse were completely inadequate and obviously circumventing any
real answer. Thatís really all Iím expecting from you ... fairness.
Thatís all everybody expects from you. We are running to win and all we
need is to be treated equally with the other candidates for Senate.
P.S. I have several bets on whether or not you will print this letter. So now
itís up to you whether I make my money on them.
Committee to Elect Michael Cavlan to the U.S. Senate 2006
Ed Felienís response to Cavlan campaign
I am truly sorry if you thought my invitation to you to write a letter to Pulse
was an insult. I was hoping to begin a dialogue on Green Party strategy for
the 2006 elections. Letís try to begin that discussion with an analysis
of Michael Cavlanís candidacy for the U. S. Senate. I believe your question
(though you never really state it in your letter) is ďWhy haven't you
written more about Cavlan's campaign?Ē The most obvious answer to that
question is that we are a newspaper, a weekly paper that tries to report news.
Cavlan is not really doing anything newsworthy. I have not even seen any literature
from the Cavlan campaign. I havenít heard of him having any public appearances
as a candidate. Itís hard to take it seriously.
the other hand, Ford Bell
is mounting a vigorous challenge to the Amy
Klobuchar campaign. Ford Bell has presented strong statements calling for
an end to U. S. involvement in Iraq and for a single-payer health plan to cover
all Americans. He is pushing those issues and trying to get Klobuchar to commit
and state her position. That conflict is interesting. Itís news. We do
not claim to be neutral in that debate. We are clearly supportive of the positions
Ford Bell is advocating, so, therefore, we are supporting Ford Bell in his struggle
with Amy Klobuchar. If Ford Bell wins the DFL endorsement, he would stand a
great chance of getting elected senator.
I know Mike Cavlan. I like him. I know heís progressive and thoughtful.
I donít believe he could be elected. I think it is possible he could contribute
to getting Mark Kennedy elected by taking votes away from the DFL candidate
for senator. I think Mark Kennedy is a proto-fascist. I believe he is the real
enemy. Ken Pentel is wonderfully progressive and very articulate on state issues.
He was a great spokesman for the Green Party as a candidate for governor. Four
years ago the percent of votes for Green Party candidates actually went up as
you went down the ballot. The candidate for Senator got less than 1 percent
of the vote. Ken got less than 2 percent. At the bottom of the ballot, the candidate
for auditor got almost 5 percent. Ken lobbies at the Legislature and he told
the staff at Pulse one afternoon last year how the Republicans treated him so
nicely and invited him to sit on the floor of the House while they were debating
legislation. Why do they treat him so nicely? Is it because they believe heís
helping them elect Republicans by taking votes away from the DFL?
The Green Party has to be very careful in picking the races they want to enter.
Nader took over 100,000 votes away from Gore in Florida as the Green Party candidate
for President in 2000. The Republicans are hoping Pentel can help Pawlenty and
Cavlan will help Kennedy. I am extremely nervous about a Bush-clone sitting
in the Senate for six years. I refuse to collaborate in that.
I would hope we could continue this dialogue and arrive at some agreement about
what makes a sensible strategy for progressives.
Pulse of the Twin Cities