Green Party blasts Hassig’s immigration views


In a statement issued a few moments ago, Don Hassig threatened to sue the Green Party of NY for libel, after party leaders distanced themselves from his House candidacy in the NY-21 district race.

“I demand that you immediately retract your statement and publish an apology.  If you do not retract the statement and publish the apology before midnight tonight, I will commence a libel suit,” Hassig wrote, in a letter sent to NCPR.


Green Party candidate Don Hassig has doubled down on his claim – rejected by the Green Party of New York — that foreign farm workers who speak little or no English shouldn’t be allowed on North Country farms.

Commenting on NCPR’s news page, Hassig wrote:

“…those who want to see foreign, non-English language speaking workers employed on dairy farms are those who care nothing for the welfare of the cattle.

“The Democratic candidate, Congressman Owens is a lawyer. He knows nothing about cattle. The Republican candidate is an investment banker. He knows nothing about cattle. I have worked with cattle for much of my life. I am the one that knows how uncaring and just plain abusive it is for factory farm owners to employ farm workers that do not speak English.”

Following NCPR’s report this morning that Donald Hassig is urging the deportation of “Mexicans” and other foreign workers in the North Country, the Green Party is formally distancing itself from the St. Lawrence County candidate.

Speaking last night in Wanakena, Hassig said he wanted to “see their asses kicked out of here” and accused non-American workers of stealing jobs from North Country residents.

In a statement, the Green Party of NY State formally denounced Hassig, calling his comments “disturbing and reprehensible.” The intra-party dust-up is drawing attention in the Watertown Daily Times an the Albany Times Union. Full statement from the Green Party below:

(Brooklyn) – The Green Party of NY State denounced Donald Hassig, GP Congressional candidate in District 21, for his comments regarding immigration and farm workers at a forum in Wanakena, NY on Thursday night. Green  Party officers said Hassig’s comments have nothing to do with the Green platform or the 4 Pillars of the international Green movement: Grassroots  Democracy, Social Justice, Ecological Wisdom, and Nonviolence.

“Donald Hassig’s statements are disturbing and reprehensible, and have nothing to do with Green Party values. Contrary to Mr. Hassig’s statements, the party has long been a champion of immigrant rights and a just immigration policy. With his statements, Mr. Hassig has placed himself outside the Green Party’s platform and its values. Hassig petitioned to be on the Green ballot line, but we do not consider him a Green candidate,” said party co-chair Gloria Mattera.

“The Green Party has long supported the rights of migrant farm workers, including fights to help them win increased wages, union rights, and
citizenship. We want to build a New York that welcomes diversity and  tolerance, and the first step towards that is protecting and helping the most disadvantaged, especially immigrant workers, from persecution and abuse. We stand by those values, and not the hateful words spoken by candidate  Hassig,” said party secretary Peter LaVenia.

“We need a Green New Deal, not the persecution of migrant workers, to address unemployment in New York and across the country.

Don Hassig’s views are completely against the principles of Green Politics and the Green Party of New York State. We call on Greens to condemn the suggestion of violence against migrant workers and instead work in solidarity to confront the global trade policies that induce so many to travel far from their families under dangerous circumstances for such precarious employment,” said party co-chair Michael O’Neil.

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11 Comments on “Green Party blasts Hassig’s immigration views”

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  1. wakeup says:

    No idea why you continue to give this fool attention?

  2. Verplanck says:

    A couple thoughts:

    1. Who knew that cattle hate spanish speakers? Are they different species of cattle in south america that are genetically engineered to withstand rolled r’s?

    2. What was exactly “libelous” about the green party’s statement?

  3. For the small minority of people who actually consider all the candidates on various ballots, it’s important that they know that Hassig’s position is the complete opposite of not only the Green Party’s core values in general but also their party platform in particular.

  4. In previous comments, I’ve criticized Hassig for taking the last few weeks of the campaign off. Now, I wished he’d have done it sooner before he does further damage to the Green Party’s name.

  5. Pete Klein says:

    Weird! If it looks weird and talks weird, it must be weird.

  6. tootightmike says:

    Huh! A Green bigot! I didn’t know they cam in green…

  7. tootightmike says:

    Not to start a whole conspiracy thread but…. Remember when the bottom fell out of the economy, and McCain decided he didn’t want to be president, and he chose that Palin woman to be his running mate….. Maybe Don Hassig doesn’t really want to be elected…

  8. scratchy says:

    wakeup says:
    October 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    No idea why you continue to give this fool attention?

    Because he’s a candidate for Congress.

  9. Marlo says:

    The Green Party totally besmirched me, and I demand satisfaction!

  10. wakeup: polite society likes to pretend that people like Hassig and Tea Parties simply don’t exist. It’s important that we remind people that they do exist… and that they vote… so that they can be countered.

  11. All of the people who have commented above are negative, ugly, bad-spirited, and mindless. This North Country Public Radio website has a following that makes me wonder why I have given myself so fully to bringing cancer prevention science to the North Country. I am treated horribly by the most reprobate people that one could ever come across here in my home area. What a powerful statement on America. Our society is a broken society. These people I am dealing with here are all fragmented beyond recognition as human beings.

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