Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Dario Hunter destroyed his own campaign and Cindy Sheehan needs to stop promoting conspiracies

Various podcasters are putting on Dario Hunter lately -- including Cindy Sheehan who should have known better.  Dario comes on and launches into his nutty conspiracy about how the Green Party worked to steal the presidential nomination from him and for Howie Hawkins.

No, Dario, they didn't.

They didn't have to steal it because you surrendered it.

We could chart that just by referencing what went up here at this site -- Jess is a Green and has commented and written on it here -- but let's use Ann's site because she's covered it at length and she (rightly) called out Cindy Sheehan for Cindy's nonsense in "Was Casey Sheehan a War Criminal?" -- we agree 100% with what Ann wrote.

Cindy is not a Green (but she is an air head).  Ann is actually a Green.

Ann first noted Dario Hunter at her site on March 15, 2019:

Greens were trashed in 2000 and in 2016.  I'm tired of it.  We need to stop trying to be liked and instead focus on building our party. 

And maybe if we conduct ourselves that way, Democrats will stop acting as if they own our votes.

Related news:

Green Party presidential candidate Dario Hunter of Youngstown stated Wednesday that he has been fired from his job as a rabbi -- either, as he claims, because of comments he made criticizing Israel, or because of fears his presidential campaign would distract from his rabbinical duties, as a temple leader has said.
In a news release, Hunter said that board members of Congregation Ohev Tzedek-Shaarei Torah in Boardman notified him of his job termination in writing on Wednesday morning.
Hunter asserted the reason was because of his statements in a Feb. 19 cleveland.com story that the United States should stop providing any aid to Israel because of that country’s “horribly atrocious” treatment of Palestinians.
“I do not believe the United States should be providing any form of aid to Israel or any human-rights abusers,” Hunter said at the time.

I had not heard of Dario Hunter, sorry.  

That's when Ann first learned of Dario.  April 9, 2019, she noted Tweets about Dario Hunter.  May 20, 2019, she again noted Tweets about Dario Hunter.  June 19, 2019, she again noted Tweets about Dario Hunter. July 11, 2019, Ann noted Tweets about Dario.  July 29, 2019, she offered Tweets about Dario Hunter.  August 5, 2019, she offered Tweets about Dario.  Why wasn't she noting his Tweets during this time, his own Tweets?  Because his last Tweet for the winter of 2019 was February 18, 2019 and he didn't bother to Tweet again until August 11, 2019 -- despite already announcing he was was seeking the Green Party's presidential nomination.  Six months without Tweeting.  And he considered himself a real candidate?  August 16th, Ann noted his August 11th Tweet and how the press needed to cover him.  But grasp that February 18, 2019 is when he filed his papers for his run.  He Tweets to announce that with one Tweet.  And then, after announcing his run, never Tweets again until August 11th.  That's not a real campaign.

The press wasn't covering him much at all.  June 29, 2019, when he had visited Illinois, Ann was able to gather a post with a bit of press coverage on Dario.  But grasp that he visited the state of Illinois to campaign for the Green Party's presidential nomination and never Tweeted about that -- not ahead of the event to drum up attendees to any event, not after the event to highlight the little bit of coverage he got for it.

Related, July 15, 2019, Ann noted Tweets about Dario -- about his visit to Miami to campaign.  Again, Dario never Tweeted about it -- not ahead of time, not during, not after the fact.  July 16th, Ann offered Tweets about Dario -- about his campaigning in Virginia.  Dario never Tweeted about it.

August 24, 2019, Ann noted some Tweets by Dario.  By August 26th, Dario was silent again so Ann had to go back to noting Tweets about him.  He would return to Tweeting September 7th.  August 26th, he went silent.  Why is that significant?  That's the day the Green Party officially recognized his campaign for their presidential nomination.  You might think that would warrant some form of social media post by Dario but it did not.

August 29th, Ann noted that there was Green coverage at the latest edition of this site (THIRD) but we didn't include Dario.  Ann explained:

 Second, there's nothing on Dario Hunter.

As it stands currently, I would vote Dario over Howie Hawkins to be the Green Party's presidential candidate next year.

But Howie's Tweets get noted.  Why not Darios?

Dario doesn't have any.  

Dona is committed to Third including the Green Party in some way every edition.  

If Dario's not using Twitter regularly or posting to Facebook regularly, that's on him.

Howie Hawkins has a social media presence.  He shouldn't be ignored just because Dario doesn't.  

 Again, I prefer Dario to Howie but if Dario's not putting anything out and Howie is, that's on him.

Repeating, that was August 29, 2019.  The problem was already well known.

September 4, 2019, Ann noted a little bit of press coverage Dario had gotten and several Tweets about him.  September 5, 2019, she posted, "I've noted Dario Hunter many times here (and plan to continue) but Howie Hawkins is also running for the Green Party's presidential nomination.  Here are some Tweets from him:"

Ann told us for this article, "That post was done for several reasons.  First, I hoped noting all the Tweets Howie was doing would motivate Dario to get his off his ass and start Tweeting since he was the candidate I favored.  Second, the Green Party needs attention and Howie was a candidate.  So I felt I needed to note his Tweets for that reason as well.  As the sole Green site in the community, I felt I needed to note the Green race.  C.I. was noting the Greens and the Democrats and the Liberatarians, the SEP and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.  But the other sites were focused on the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.  Since I was the only Green Party member with a site of my own -- Jess is a Green and he's part of THIRD but he's part of the website, not solely responsible -- I felt I had a duty."

September 10, 2019, Ann was finally able to note a series of Tweets Dario had posted.  September 13, 2019, Ann wrote, "I'm a Green.  I'm a Green for many reasons including that I am anti-war.  I'm pulling for Dario Hunter in the race for the Green Party's presidential nomination.  Here are some of his Tweets from this week."  September 17, 2019, with nothing new to offer on Dario, Ann focused on Howie but included this, "I'm pulling for Dario Hunter but I will note Howie as well."  October 30, 2019, Ann wrote about supporting Dario and included his one recent Tweet.  November 12, 2019 found Ann thankful that Dario had actually Tweeted that day so that she could note his Tweets.  November 13, 2019, she noted his one Tweet -- burning Hillary Clinton.  November 25, she included all of his Tweets from November 21st to November 25th.  November 26, 2019, Dario was silent again so she was back to including Howie's Tweets while noting that she was supporting Dario.  December 5, 2019, with nothing from Dario to note, Ann was highlighting Howie's Green Plan.

"It got to be dispiriting to check Dario's feed," Ann explained to us.  "I'd go there every day and most days there was nothing.  Soon I just started checking once a week and noting anything that was up then."

January 10, 2020, she noted several Dario Tweets.  January 14, she noted those Tweets again -- as well as every Tweet starting with the December 31, 2019 Tweet -- all seven Tweets he had done from December 31st to January 12th.  That's a real candidate for a presidential nomination?  That's a candidate who is less than two months away from the scheduled Green Party presidential debate in Illinois (March 4, 2020)?

January 22, 2020, Ann observes, " I'm supporting Dario Hunter in the race for the party's presidential nomination.  Howie Hawkins is also running.  Unlike Dario, Howie's highly active on Twitter.  Here are some Tweets from Howie."  January 23rd, Ann writes, "Dario Hunter is running for the Green Party's presidential nomination.  I noted that he doesn't Tweet very often."  And she goes on, in that entry, to share Tweets about Dario.   January 29th, she types, "I'm supporting Dario Hunter for the Green Party's presidential nomination.  But Howie Hawkins is a strong candidate as well.  Here are some of Howie's Tweets."  Where is Dario?  It's January 29th and February 25th are when Minnesota and Ohio are set to pick their Green Party nominee.  Where's Dario?

February 11, 2020, Ann notes all of Dario's Tweets from that date back through January 30th -- yes, she notes all three Tweets.  Three.  Twelve days, three Tweets.  And that's a campaign?

February 18, 2020, Ann notes a series of Dario Tweets -- most of which she already noted in her February 11th post.  But seven days later, Dario has Tweeted two more times so she includes those -- the February18th Tweet and the February 12th Tweet -- as well.  It is seven days away from the first two states weighing in on who they want to represent the party and that's Dario Hunter's way of running a campaign and getting his name out there?

February 20, 2020, five days before the first two states make their choice, Ann writes:

I'm supporting Dario Hunter in the race for the Green Party's presidential nomination.  He doesn't Tweet very often -- or enough for someone running for a presidential nomination.

Howie Hawkins is also running for the nomination.  I'm not anti-Howie but I do prefer Dario.

One of the things that Howie has going for him is that he Tweets regularly and knows how to use social media.  Here are some of his Tweets.

March 2, 2020, Ann notes Dario's Tweets from February 21st through March 2nd -- nine Tweets, 11 days.  This should have had a lot more Tweets because while he lost Ohio to Howie during this time period, he won Minnesota.

March 5, 2020, Ann calls out an idiot at THE DAILY BEAST who -- citing the idiots Norman Solomon and Noam Chomsky -- argues that the Greens should not run a candidate and then trashes their "top nominee" Howie Hawkins.. Ann points out:

He's so stupid he's saying Howie's our top nominee. Uh, no. I'm supporting Dario Hunter. I will support Howie if he gets the nomination but Dario is my choice for now. There are 402 delegates. Howie currently is projected to have 22 and Dario has 11. We're not even at the half way mark so stop playing horse racing with my party, Casey Idiot Michel.

 During this, while Ann was defending Dario and the Green Party, Cindy was ignoring it, by the way.  She wants to invite Dario on her show last week to tell the world that the primary was fixed against him but when the Green Party was actually under attack, Cindy was offering posts like "Blue Skies (Day 6 of A Sheltered Life)."  Maybe if she'd spent more time paying attention and less time sheltering, she would have been aware of the lousy campaign Dario Hunter ran?

March 9, 2020, Ann wrote, "I'm supporting Dario Hunter in the Green Party's presidential primary.  He doesn't have any new Tweets since the last time I noted him, so let me note his challenger Howie Hawkins."  March 15th, she notes his Tweets and his Green Path Forward plan.  March, please note, was the month he skipped out on the Free & Fair Elections Debate held in Illinois.  These are the candidates who showed up for that debate:

Dan Behrman, Libertarian Party
Brian Carroll, American Solidarity Party
Erik Gerhardt, Libertarian Party
Charles Kraut, Constitution Party
J.R. Myers, Life and Liberty Party
Mark Stewart, Democratic Party
Arvin Vohra, Libertarian Party

Ben Zion, Transhumanist Party
Ken Armstrong, Libertarian Party
Mosie Boyd, Democratic Party
Mark Charles, Independent
Howie Hawkins, Green Party
Zoltan Istvan, Republican Party
Jo Jorgensen, Libertarian Party
Adam Kokesh, Libertarian Party
Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation

Vermin Supreme, Libertarian Party

Dario skipped it.  He chose to campaign in Missouri that day instead.  Six days later, Howie would win in Missouri.

March 17th, Ann offered "Dario is the candidate we need."  It was the last hurrah for Dario from Ann.  Ann's married to Cedric, a Democrat, so she's aware of what goes on in the Democratic race.  March 24th, she noted Dario hadn't Tweeted since March 21st and:

I'm a Green.  I watch Hidin' With Biden and laugh at his incompetence and inability to lead.  I can't do that and continue to ignore that Dario has failed as a candidate.  I agree with all he stands for.  But he's not getting his message out there.  He's not working his Twitter feed or his Facebook page, he's really not doing anything.  He's the Joe Biden of the Green Party.

Ann was a clear supporter of Dario Hunter's, she was rooting for him for months and months and months.  She covered him at her website.  By the end of March, she was done with him.  He was not a real candidate.  He was not using social media.  Greens have to promote themselves because the media's not going to -- not just the corporate media, as C.I. has noted, Amy Goodman has yet to announce, all these weeks later, that the Green Party had their convention or that they declared Howie Hawkins their nominee.

Now Ann didn't just drop Dario and never mention him again.

March 25th, she wrote:

Some are mad that I've decided to support Howie Hawkins and not Dario Hunter.  I'm okay with that.  My issue is Joe Biden is lazy and inept and I can't call him out and look the other way while the much younger Dario is unable to even create a media presence.

Howie's working his butt off to get the word out on his campaign.  Dario's not even trying.

I don't have time for nonsense.

March 28th, she participated in a roundtable that included this:

C.I.: Ann and Jess are both Greens.  Did either or both of you want to weigh in on any Green issues?

Jess: I'll go first!  Ann wrote "I don't support Joe and I don't support Dario" this week noting she was switching from support of Dario Hunter to Howie Hawkins for the Green Party's presidential nomination.  She noted that Dario is doing nothing.  I like his views too but if he's not trying to campaign, he's useless.  If he got the nomination, then what?  Howie is going to campaign.  I understand her switch and I want to note that I'm now for Howie as well.

Ann: I'm not able to be a hypocrite.  I don't see how others are.  Kat and Betty were talking about the addiction some people have to a politician -- be it Barack or Donald -- and I'm not that way.  You're there to serve me, if you're not, you don't have my support.  Howie is busting his butt to get the word out on his campaign.  Dario doesn't really care.  He's made that obvious.  I've called Hidin' Biden out for his failure to show leadership during this pandemic, I have to call Dario out as well.  Otherwise?  I'm a hypocrite.  I kept waiting for him to get serious and he didn't.  So I'm done with Dario.

Jess: And I agree because all he's got to campaign on right now is social media and he has no presence on social media.  His campaign is too inept to even manage one daily Tweet.

Ann:  Not even one daily Tweet Monday through Friday.  It' pathetic.

March 31st, Ann repeated:

As I've noted, I've decided to support Howie Hawkins for the Green Party's presidential nomination. I like Dario Hunter and I like his positions. But Green Party members know the media does not cover our runs. We have to get the word out on our candidates. Howie has an online presence and Tweets constantly. Dario goes whole days (plural) without even Tweeting. If he can't get the word out, how does he expect to run a presidential campaign? That's why I've switched to Howie. And I always said Howie was a candidate I could support if he got the nomination. And I can, he stands for most of what I stand for. I liked Dario's passion and we most closely aligned on positions.

We spoke with Ann about this and she explained, "By March 31st, most Greens e-mailing me got my point.  They understood.  Some were staying with Dario and that's fine but most were moving over to Howie for the same reason I had.  I wanted to be very clear that my problems with Dario were never ideological.  I supported his positions and I agreed with him.  But I just wasn't seeing someone who would work for the nomination and if he wasn't working for the nomination what happens if he gets it?  Too often, look at our hideous 2004 ticket, for example, the Greens in the general race throw in the towel and act like handmaidens to the Democratic Party.  If Dario couldn't campaign as a nominee, how was I to trust that in the general he would run a real campaign?"

From February to June 2nd, Howie won the Greens in the following states: Ohio, California, North Carolina (Dario wasn't on the ballot and disputes that he did not submit his paperwork properly), Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin (Howie wins popular vote but ties with Dario in delegates), New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Utah, South Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, New York, Kansas, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi and the District of Columbia.  Through that same period up through June 2nd, Dario wins Massachusetts, he loses Wisconsin to Howie but ties him in delegates for that state, Hawaii and Idaho.

So by the end of the day June 2nd, Howie has won 19 states and the District of Columbia, the two share bragging rights on Wisconsin and Hunter has won three states.

In other words, by June 2nd, it's not even close.

Why is that significant?  As Ann notes that day is the day Dario starts accusing the party of rigging the election.  After he's lost not one but 19 states to Howie.  After there's no way in the world that Dario can become the nominee, that's when he starts accusing the Green Party of rigging the primaries.  June 3rd, his surrogate makes the charge.  As Ann points out, there's no proof offered, no back up offered, just float the charge that somehow, someway, there was rigging.

Let's be clear that having Dario on the show wasn't Cindy's problem.  Her problem was in what he said and that she never questioned it.  Never once did she say, "Now, Dario, looking back at the way you ran your campaign, is there anything you could have done differently?"  That's basic in journalism.  But what's worse than her failing to do that was she jumped on board with him to support his nutty theory.  She doesn't like Howie Hawkins and suddenly he's Bully Boy Bush.

She wants you to know he put her name on as an endorsee and she didn't endorse him and he's a War Criminal because he served in Vietnam and . . .

She sounded tired, old and bitter.

Cindy flirts with conspiracy theories all the time.  Nothing is ever too nutty for her to grab onto.  And most of the time, we just ignore that.  We like Cindy -- even now, we like Cindy.

But Dario Hunter failed his supporters.  He doesn't deserve to lie his way out of that fact.  People like Ann and Jess supported him and worked to promote his campaign.  They deserved a real candidate.  He was not one.  And to allow him to get away -- as Cindy did -- with pinning the blame on others is outrageous.

Dario lost the nomination because he ran a s**t poor campaign.  Ann and Jess were his supporters, he ran them off by not running a real campaign.  That's on him, no one else.

Shame on Cindy for letting a do-nothing politician come on her show and blame others for his own failure.

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