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NY-21 Green Party candidate Donald Hassig. Photo: Natasha Haverty
NY-21 Green Party candidate Donald Hassig. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Green party denounces Hassig after farmworker statement

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North Country Green Party candidate Donald Hassig says he left a profane voice mail message over the weekend on the answering machine of a woman who serves as one of his party's top state officials.

In an email statement sent to North Country Public Radio, Hassig says he called party co-chair Gloria Mattera "an American elitist bitch." This after the party issued a statement Friday calling Hassig's statements about "Mexican" workers "disturbing and reprehensible", and saying although he's petitioned for the Green Party line on November's ballots, "we do not consider him a Green candidate."

Hassig is running for a House seat in the North Country's 21st congressional district.

The message follows an ugly blow-up within the Green Party that began last Thursday, when Hassig argued at a candidate forum in Wanakena that immigrants working on North Country dairy farms should be rounded up and deported.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

In an e-mail yesterday, Hassig defended his statement, writing that caring for and milking cows is "relatively complex work that could not be done without the ability to speak and read English."

He went on to link "Mexican" workers with what he called factory dairy farms in the North Country.

The New York state Green Party has stripped Hassig's name from its list of candidates running for public office in New York State and placed a statement denouncing his candidacy on the front page of the party website.

In the only public poll of the race, conducted last month, the Siena Research Institute found that Hassig was winning support from 6 percent of North Country voters.

 

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