Former sitcom star and macadamia farmer Roseanne Barr announced she plans to run for President on as an independent for the “Green Tea Party” and intends to focus on sustainability. The news comes just after Barr lost the Green Party nomination to rival Jill Stein, a Harvard educated physician and environmental advocate.
Barr tweeted to her supporters after it was clear she would not garner enough votes for the Green Party bid:
Stein won 66 percent of the Green Party delegates, beating out top rival Barr who managed 22 percent. Stein will officially be nominated at the Green Party Convention in Baltimore in July.
Like Barr, Stein’s campaign will focus on green issues and building a sustainable economy. In her four point New Green Deal, modeled after the Unites States’ depression era New Deal, Stein promises to remake America with living wages, to reboot to the financial sector, strengthen democracy and “transition to a sustainable, green economy for the 21st century, by adopting green technologies and sustainable production.”
While Barr managed to raise less than $10,000 in outside support for her mostly DIY campaign, Jill Stein seems ready to play political hardball, with a multi-media website, a donor filled coffer, and a growing support base. As the Green Party nominee, Stein hopes her candidacy will encourage people to stand up in support of the Green Party and speak out on environmental issues. “What has come of this politics of fear? The politics of fear has brought us everything we were afraid of. Silence is not an effective political strategy.”
Barr, realistic about her chances in November, is more concerned with getting her green message heard. Noting her paltry election funds, Barr remarked, “It takes $1 billion to lose an election, and I can prove you can do that for far cheaper."
J-Connection: Roseanne Barr was born to a working class Jewish family in Salt Lake City. Jill Stein was featured in Jewish Woman Archive’s “Jewish Women in Environmental Activism”