Green Party: Two want to be governor
To Maria Allwine supporters, Corrogan Vaughn is nothing more than a Green Party crasher.
Allwine has run four times as a Green candidate, winning 17 percent of the vote in the 2007 Baltimore City Council president race. Vaughn was, until Tuesday, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.
Each filed paperwork just hours before the deadline to run as the Green Party candidate for governor.
The party has 8,000 Maryland members, mostly in Baltimore City and Montgomery, Howard, Anne Arundel and Frederick counties, said co-chairman Brian Bittner. It's up to party leaders to choose whose name will appear on the November ballot. (The September primary election is reserved for Democrats and Republicans.) They'll do so at a meeting July 18.
Allwine said she views Vaughn as "someone who feels he can utilize our ballot line ... This is why people are so fed up with politics."
She said she is running for governor because "Democrats have ruled the state for decades, and they will not take the steps necessary to alleviate the burdens that ordinary families are facing."
Attempts to reach Vaughn -- both by telephone and email (his handle is vaughngop1) -- were unsuccessful. His web site for the U.S. Senate race includes the motto "It's about people and principles," as well as a photograph of him with conservative Fox News personality Sean Hannity.
Bittner, who has been active in the Green Party for five years, says he had never heard Vaughn's name before seeing it Tuesday listed as a Green candidate for governor. His explanation of how the party will choose its candidate makes it seem clear that Allwine will be the one on the ballot.
Requirements include meeting with the chapters -- a process that Allwine has begun but Vaughn hasn't. Allwine also has completed the requisite questionnaire that Vaughn hasn't. A third requirement is that the nominee be a registered Green Party member, which both are.
However, Bittner said, when they registered will have a bearing on the choice. "And we'd probably prefer someone who registered more than a week ago."
Although there's a Green Party battle for governor, many other candidates face no challenge at all.