Chris Lugo, Green Party of Tennessee Candidate for US Senate 2006
In 2006, this was the official website for Chris Lugo's campaign for the US Senate from Tennessee.
Content is from the website's 2006 archived pages.
NEWS & EVENTS
Lugo Runs on Peace
By Mary Hiers
Daily Living Editor
With all the state and national attention directed at the U.S. Senate campaign between Republican Bob Corker and Democrat Harold Ford, Jr., it is easy to forget that there are other candidates running for the same office.
Nashvillian Chris Lugo is the Green Party’s candidate for the seat being vacated by Majority Leader Bill Frist.
Lugo doesn’t mince words when it comes to his platform: “I want an end to this illegal, immoral and unjust war in Iraq that has claimed the lives of over two thousand Americans and has cost us hundreds of billions of dollars,” he says on his website, www.chris4senate.com/lugo/.
Originally from Minnesota, Lugo spent time as a child living in Clarksville while his father was stationed at Fort Campbell during the Vietnam War era. He now lives in the Wedgewood-Houston area of Nashville.
In an interview with TSI, Lugo says that he is running for the U.S. Senate for the same reason as Ned Lamont from Connecticut. Lamont is the Democrat who beat out former vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman for the primary nomination, forcing Lieberman to run as an Independent. Lamont has come out strongly in favor of ending the war in Iraq, as has Chris Lugo.
As a third part candidate, Lugo faces tasks that don’t plague the two major party candidates. For one thing, he has had to plead, so far unsuccessfully, to be allowed to participate in the debates between Ford and Corker. Candidates are not included in debates unless they are pulling at least 7.5% of the vote in the state.
Lugo has proposed other alternatives to those in charge of setting up the debates, such as allowing candidates of parties other than the Democratic and Republican parties to have a brief time set aside either before or after the debate to make a statement. So far, his pleas have not met with success.
Lugo’s campaigning has been primarily at the grass roots level: building his web site, going door to door, speaking to high school civics students, and participating in various rallies, such as today’s “Give Peace a Voice” rally sponsored by the Nashville Peace Coalition.
In addition to calling for an end to the war in Iraq, Lugo is also adamant that the United States should sign on to the Kyoto Protocol.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton signed the Kyoto Protocol, which called for a seven percent reduction in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 emissions levels, to be achieved between the years 2008 and 2012. The senate refused to ratify the treaty, however, and after taking office in 2001, President Bush rescinded the U.S. signature altogether, putting forth his own plan for the reduction of U.S. greenhouse gases.
Over 160 countries worldwide have signed on to the Kyoto Protocol, but the two most prominent exceptions are the United States and Australia.
Lugo believes that America’s addiction to oil, particularly foreign oil, is the number one environmental issue facing the U.S. Sustainability and decentralization of energy are two of Lugo’s major environmental themes.
Though he is only polling in the single digits, Chris Lugo plans to celebrate election night regardless. Even though he knows his chances for victory are very slim, Lugo feels compelled to speak out in this contest that is being watched nationally. “I just want to make sure [these issues] are on the table,” he says.
And Chris Lugo is busy putting the issues out there, sometimes literally one kitchen table at a time.
Green Party candidate drums up local support
By Turner Hutchens
The Daily News Journal
— Turner Hutchens, 278-5161
Democrats and the Republicans aren't the only options on Election Day.
Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Chris Lugo, who is competing against Democrat Harold Ford Jr. and Republican Bob Corker, was in town Thursday at MTSU to drum up support for his progressive platform.
"I know I'm a protest vote, " Lugo told the crowd of about 25, mostly college students. "You don't like what the Democrats are doing; you don't like what the Republicans are doing, but you still have a vote."
Lugo, a 36-year-old longtime Nashville peace activist, is campaigning on an anti-war, pro-choice, pro-gay and lesbian rights, environmentalist, nuclear-free future, immigrants-rights and living-wage platform.
"These are issues Tennesseans care about," Lugo said.
Sera Mogan, a 24-year-old MTSU graduate student, attended the campaign stop.
"I support anyone that can offer the people a platform that's not on the right or slightly to the left of right," Mogan said.
Lugo said he doesn't expect to win Tuesday's election, which is considered a tight race between Corker and Ford, but that it's important for there to be a progressive candidate.
"Otherwise, you have choice between a conservative Republican and a Democrat who talks like a Republican," Lugo said.
Lugo said he isn't worried about spoiling the race for Ford, because he believes the people who vote for him will either be Green Party members or people who wouldn't have voted at all.
"If Ford's going to win, he's going to win on his own merits," Lugo said.
Lugo said he expects to get only about 1 percent of the vote, but that he believes it's important to bring a voice to the election that would not otherwise be heard.
"It didn't have to be me," Lugo said. "It could have been anyone. So do vote for me, vote for these issues."
Pine Magazine Endorses Chris Lugo for US Senate
Not With My Vote You Don't
Why I am not voting for Harold Ford
By Kelly Boler
[Editor's Note: We'll have a column giving equal time to Corker soon enough, so don't worry little ones. We're picking on everyone.]
There is tremendous pressure here in Tennessee to vote Harold Ford, Jr., in the upcoming Senate race. Tennessee is one of the three states whose outcome in this race could result in the control of Congress going to the Democrats. No one has to tell me how important this is, but I’ve done a lot of research and a lot of soul searching, and now I’m putting it out there for God and everyone to read: on Tuesday, I will not be voting for Harold Ford, Jr.
The conventional wisdom has it that a vote against Ford is a de facto vote for Bush, but the truth is that a vote for Ford is also a vote for a lot of other things, and so help me, I’m not using my vote to encourage a guy who is for the death penalty, against the painful right to choose a legal abortion, and against gun control. This is a man who voted to privatize social security. He supports an in-your-face Defense of Marriage Act that will somehow protect the family and make the very fabric of American society safer. Well thank goodness for that, because Ford boasts on his Web site about his record in funding the so-called War on Terror to the tune of five trillion dollars. (Does anyone reading this, anyone, care to guess how many zeroes are in five trillion anything? Way the hell too many, that’s how many.) And he further brags that he voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act. Thanks for protecting my family, Harold.
He voted to keep the words “Under God” in the pledge of allegiance, supported school prayer, and voted to make it illegal to burn a flag. Now, personally I’m for prayer and against flag burning, but horrified that either should be in the province of the government. I’m also disturbed by the prospect of a senator who uses God by posing in a pew in front of a cross, then makes a statement to the press that Republicans don’t love the Lord. Republicans don’t love God? What were his people smoking when they thought up that one?
Particularly troubling is that because Harold Ford, Jr., is Black, and many in the country are saying that the result of the Tennessee election will be a far-reaching mandate on race in the Southern electorate. Even NPR reported last week that Barak Ombaba was watching this election closely as a bell-weather in his consideration for a presidential run, to see if Southerners will put an African American in office. But they’re wrong. If Ford loses this election, it will not be because of his skin color, and if the press and pundits can’t figure out that he is losing on his own merit, then they are even more lemming-like than they seem.
I will not be pressured into voting for Ford, not because I have to something to prove about the South, and not because otherwise the Republicans run the Senate. The pressure to do so is incredible, but I still have a choice. The Democratic Party is, again, offering disturbingly flawed goods, and I ain’t buying. Instead I’ll be voting for Chris Lugo, the Green Party candidate, and I do not consider it a vote wasted. It is to tell the Democratic Party, again, that if this is the best they can do, forget it. Next time try trusting us. Go crazy, walk on the wild side, and try giving us a choice.