Glenn Davis is just about the only politician you’ll ever meet who doesn’t go out of his way to make sure you know right up front that’s he’s a military veteran. “I’m proud of that, but that doesn’t make me honorable,” he says, chatting over a bite at the McDonald’s at 56th and Vine. “I was a veteran of a foreign war—but I grew up. I realized I was fighting for corporations, and if I’m out in Iraq or wherever, who’s fighting for my family on the street?”
Now, after several post-military careers—including a stint doing maintenance at this very fast food chain—Davis is the chair of the oft-floundering Green Party of Philadelphia, and he’s running for state representative in the 198th District against Democrat Vanessa Lowery Brown. Brown made headlines earlier this year when she was named as one of five Philly pols to take a bribe in a state Attorney General’s office-conducted sting operation, and almost lost her Democratic primary because of it. PW talked with Davis about his campaign and what might lie in the Green Party’s future.
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There's a distinct possibility that the Green Party candidate (Paula Bradshaw) could take enough votes on the left to deny (U.S. Rep. Bill) Enyart re-election," said David Yepsen, director of the SIU Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.
Facing such a close contest, it's possible that Bradshaw's primary role in this race will be that of a so-called spoiler, long a dilemma faced by third-party candidates. These candidates seek a voice in high-profile races, but sometimes end up throwing the victory to the opponent with whom they disagree most.
"It is not my place to refrain from running for office so that Bill Enyart can get in because Bill Enyart and I don't agree," Bradshaw recently told the newspaper. Bradshaw said the "voters own the votes, not the parties." "I think it's the height of arrogance for them to say I would be stealing votes from a party," she said.
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