Green gubernatorial candidate will fight charges

Green gubernatorial nominee Laura Wells of Oakland is spitting mad over her arrest yesterday outside the site of the gubernatorial debate between Democratic nominee Jerry Brown and Republican nominee Meg Whitman.

Laura WellsWells, 62, issued a news release today saying she’ll fight the charges, which – ironically – require her to appear in court Nov. 2, Election Day.

“The real crime is what’s happening to California. The perpetrators of this crime include the Democratic and Republican parties who keep trading off the governorship, and Dominican University, for closing the doors to real dialogue and debate,” she said in her news release. “California has always been special and there’s no reason for it to be in the state it’s in: begging Wall Street for loans, watching our schools, environment and job opportunities spiral down. I have never been arrested and I never wanted to. My comfort zone is not important. We cannot stand by and let this happen to California.”

Wells said campaign polls are “a fraud against the voters. I received a letter that congratulated me on my primary win and invited me to the debate, if I received 10% support among California likely voters. They didn’t tell me what the survey question was. If it were, ‘Do you want debates with only the Republican and Democratic candidates?’ a huge majority of voters, especially this year, would say ‘No.’

“But the survey question asked those polled – including 2 of my supporters – was if they preferred Jerry Brown or Meg Whitman. Not Laura Wells. And then when the pollsters report the results, they still didn’t say other, they say undecided. As if the only choices were Pepsi and Coke, not something we might like that’s healthy, like crystal clear water, or juice, smoothies or red wine!”

Whatever the criteria for being invited to take part in the debate, it seems Wells wasn’t invited to attend it as an audience member. Dominican University spokesman Dave Albee said the university “can confirm that the ticket Laura Wells tried to use to gain entry into Angelico Hall was not issued to her. Tickets were non-transferable, which was printed on the ticket.”

Indeed, from the San Rafael Police Department:

For security reasons, all tickets to seats in Angelico Hall were numbered, coded, and checked by campus security before the holder was admitted to the debate hall. Wells presented a ticket that was not issued to her and refused to relinquish the ticket to campus security when asked to do so. She then became argumentative and refused to leave the area. Wells was warned that if she did not leave she would subject to citizen’s arrest as she was on private property. She continued in her refusal and the security officer placed her under citizen’s arrest. Wells was taken into custody by SRPD officers and escorted from the grounds. She was cited for trespassing and released.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Who gives a flyin’ cowpat what L. Wells says? Let her write Op-Ed columns or letters to the newspapers. The Green party in this state is a pity party for out-of-date Lefties who never got over socialism’s demise.

  • Rick K.

    Anybody but Brown (the ultimate “re-tread” candidate) and Whitman. I’d like to know more about the third-party candidates for governor, including Laura Wells — a real progressive (not a chameleon). I think that they’ll do surprisingly well. The next governor likely will be elected with less than a majority (under 50% of the total vote). In 2002, the third-party candidates won more than 10% of the vote. Green Peter Camejo won 5.3% and the Libertarian candidate won 2.2%, holding Gray Davis down to 47.3% in 2002. It wouldn’t surprise me if third-party gubernatorial candidates collectively top 10% again in 2010.

  • For Liberty

    RR, Uninvited Columnist (#1): Whether you agree with the Green Party candidate or not, the two party only debate is a fraud and is fooling the majority. There are six ballot qualified gubernatorial candidates, yet Californians are only allowed to hear about two of them. To me, that’s a scam!

    Rick K. (#2): Let me refer you to another gubernatorial candidate who was shut out and not invited to the debates. See the link below for more information:


    All qualified candidates have been invited to a debate on October 28th in Sacramento. So far, all the candidates have confirmed their attendance, except Brown and Whitman.

  • CA Voter

    SWe should all be outraged that we are only permitted to hear from 1/3 of the candidates running for governor. Big Brother seems to think that we must be spared the choices of the other 2/3 that are on the ballot and in the race. Somewhere in the depths of hell Stalin smiles.

  • Ralph Hoffmann

    I’ve never been a member of the Green Party. I’m also an Election Official on November 2. That being said, it seems not in the interests of the major party candidates to continue to let this happen to Laura Wells.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Stalin has endorsed Laura Wells, a medium tells me.