Van Jones, the former Obama administration official in charge of “green” jobs, could wind up representing the Green Party. Jones lost his job after several tapes surfaced showing him calling Republicans “a**holes” and comparing former President Bush to a “crackhead.”
The Green Party officials say that Jones probably would still be green jobs czar if he weren’t African American. “The targets tend to be Black -- consistent with Republican fury over the election of Barack Obama to the White House,” the Party said in a statement about the comparison.
“Like the Greens, Van Jones sees green jobs and a healthy environment as interconnected pillars of a sustainable and just economy, said Mike Feinstein, co-chair of the Green Party. “We encourage Van to bring that agenda into the electoral arena as a Green Party member, leader and possible future candidate, either nationally, statewide in California, or locally in Oakland, his home.”