Mark Drops Bid for U.S. Senate

Still very much a candidate for King County Sheriff, Mark Greene has decided to drop any notion of running for the U.S. Senate in 2010. This announcement probably spells the end of Mark ever running for Congress, whether House or Senate, again. Ever since he was a grade schooler in 1964 and received a commendation that year from the White House for a written speech, Mark Greene seemed a natural to one day enter Congress. He first tried in 1986 and kept trying 4 more times, including the last attempt for which he didn't decide to switch off for a different office, a disqualification from the Senate ballot in 2006, over a petition, which sparked a court battle in Olympia, Washington.

Mark has followed politics from a very young age, listening to speeches by President Dwight Eisenhower while he was in kindergarten and grade school, and intently watching the Nixon-Kennedy debates in 1960. Mark was reading Newsweek while his peers were keeping up with "Archie and Veronica." Mark came closest to Congress when he won upset primary victories in the State of Alaska, the last person other than Ted Stevens and Don Young to win consecutive major party nominations for Congress (including Senate) there. Like many good and experienced minor league baseball players who never made the "show," Mark will probably never be in Congress.

From this point on, Mark Greene, the elder statesman at 55, will mentor young politicians who join the Party of Commons and who would have a better chance than he of going on to Congress. Still, there's a campaign for sheriff to win, and we need all of our supporters to write Mark's name on the ballot, as this is a write-in effort. Mark is still trying in federal court to have his candidacy for sheriff declared official (more on the court proceedings in future posts).

Mark will still run for state offices if he's not elected sheriff, most probably, Secretary of State, again. Thank you for your help in supporting Mark and the Party of Commons.

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