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What the Green Party's denunciation of Hassig means for Nov. 6


I didn't sufficiently explain in my story Saturday that despite Green Party leaders publicly denouncing Don Hassig, he still has the party's ballot line in the Nov. 6 congressional election.
Mr. Hassig, in other words, will have to dance with the ones who brung him.
Once he's on, you can't get him off, unless he moves out of the state or is nominated for another office, and it's too late for the second, easier part. And in fact, Green Party leaders say that there was nothing that Green Party could have done to prevent Mr. Hassig, a registered member of the party, from getting on the line in the first place (besides primarying him).
The major-party candidates are Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, and Republican Matt Doheny.
Green Party leaders upbraided Mr. Hassig for comments that he made about Mexicans that many viewed as racist. He told one particular Green Party leader that she was an "American elitist bitch." He said in a news release that he was suing the Watertown Daily Times for infringing on his civil rights. He said he was also taking the Green Party leaders to court over libel.
"The evil Brian Amaral and Robert Gorman of the Watertown Daily Times succeeded in tricking these quick to take offense Green Party leaders into attacking the good, strong Green Party candidate Donald L. Hassig," Mr. Hassig writes.
The only part of that that's undeniably true is the last six words: Donald L. Hassig is the Green Party candidate for Congress on Nov. 6.

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