1925 Dixon Ave
Missoula, MT 59801
March 16, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Hamilton, Mt) The Montana Green Party is officially denouncing the candidacy of John Gibney who filed to run on the Green ticket for HD 85. Montana Green Party Coordinator Danielle Breck issued this statement Friday morning:
“The Montana Green Party shares the concerns of those who have raised questions regarding the legitimacy of the candidates that have filed to run on our ticket. Ensuring that our candidates represent not only our party, but also the citizens of Montana, in a way that reflects Green values is of the utmost importance to the future of Green politics in Montana. We are however an inclusive grassroots movement and as such denouncing a candidate is something we do not take lightly. We feel it is our responsibility to make sure we have as complete an understanding as possible regarding the actions and motives of each individual before we come to a conclusion regarding their intentions in running in this, or any other, race.
As such, we have requested that each candidate issue a written statement committing to the Green Party’s values and declaring their intention to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects this. In addition to this statement we also asked Mr. Gibney to apologize for, and denounce, the statement he made during an anti immigration rally in February of 2016. I spoke with Mr. Gibney last night when he called me in response to the email in which we made this request. Unfortunately, he has refused to adhere to this request, but rather defended his remarks. For this reason Party officials have determined that we must denounce this fraudulent candidate along with his bigoted actions and remarks.
We have received verbal commitments from each of our other candidates that they will adhere to this request. We will release as we receive them. If, after making these public commitments, they fail to follow through we will, as a party, reassess support for their candidacy. If however they stay true to their commitments, we will do everything we can to support them in their efforts.”
From the Green Party Ten Key Values:
2. SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large, barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and homophobia, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law.
8. RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY
We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines.
We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect for other life forms than our own and the preservation of biodiversity.