Rick Nagin. Candidate for Cleveland City Council. Registered Democrat. And member of the Communist Party. “I believe in socialism,” Nagin says. “I believe that corporate greed is the source of the problems in this country and we'd all be a lot better off if working people and their organizations were running things instead of big business.” Nagin, long considered a "fringe candidate" in Ohio, is hot this year. He survived the primary, and may win the November election. And while much of the country may be aghast - voters are seriously considering someone who espouses Communist beliefs.
Some say it's a sign of the times. “Voters are getting more and more frustrated with politics as usual,” according to independent political analyst John Avlon. “They want some alternatives.” Former presidential candidate Bob Barr thinks so. “I think the time is really ripe for that.” Barr ran on the Libertarian ticket in 2008. He lost. But, says today interest in the Libertarian party is at an all-time high. “There's a sense of unease among people in this country that the two major parties simply are no longer listening to them and responding to the people of the country.”
According to Politico.com, independent candidates are poised to "run serious campaigns for governor " in half a dozen states.Among them: New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Avlon says they have strong support. “The vast majority of Americans are independent and centrist. So that's where the sweet spot is for an independent candidate.” Back in Cleveland’s Ward 14, council hopeful, Nagin says he's offering voters who are suffering economically something different. And yet, something very much the same. “I consider myself to be a very patriotic American. I love this country.”
Just sayin’ – Are Americans ready to elect a third party?
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