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'Roseanne For President' Campaign Hits the Valley

The Mayflower Club in North Hollywood is the first place in the country that hosted all three Green Party candidates running for president.

Roseanne Barr spoke rather seriously to a group of Green Party supporters at the in North Hollywood on Friday night about her run for President of the United States.

This “Rally in the Valley” was the first in the country that hosted all three of the leading contenders running for president in the Green Party. The 75 people in attendance (including some paparazzi) also heard from other Green Party candidates for congressional seats.

The comedienne explained that her candidacy was no joke, and she discussed a platform that included legalizing marijuana, supporting gay marriage and forgiving student loans.

“I will not let the idiots go unanswered,” she said, with an occasional quip. She talked about her modest beginnings, as a “smart fat girl growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah.” 

“I wasn’t born with a golden spoon in my mouth,” she said. “I didn’t even have a plastic spork.”

’s” show was shot in Studio City at thelot in the late 1980s and through most of the 1990s, and she said, “I created jobs by the hundreds, and I made some people there millionaires. I am the American Dream, and I know the average American’s problems and issues.”

She made a few jokes, calling Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner “Agent Orange” and calling others “Ponzi-scheming sociopaths.”

Her biggest asset is that she is not a politician and said, “One impeccable credential I have is that I’m not George W. Bush.”

Roseanne said, “It is time to point upward and hold their feet to the fire” and “An informed public is the enemy of tyranny and corruption.”

She added, “The days of holding our nose and voting for the lesser of two evils hasn’t gotten us anywhere. What we have been sold is an unsustainable treadmill.”

About drugs, she said, “I am smart enough to know that if someone wants to buy recreational drugs they probably can find somewhere to find it—even in prison.”

She explained how she would handle foreign policy with common sense, and still needs to raise money (see the video clips sent in above.) And, she had a few four-letter words peppered in her speech.

“I do swear, and as long as I swear you know I haven’t been bought by any corporation,” she laughed. 

The night was kicked off by Derek Iverson, who is also a writer for the animated show “SpongeBob Square Pants.” He said he and his wife share one car, and he rides the bus a lot and was inspired to become a Green Party member by Ralph Nader in the 2000 election.

Local activist and Patch blogger , who writes the “” blog, said he was an Al Gore Democrat who became Green after reading the 10 Key Values of the party. He pointed out that three cities have a majority Green representation and more than 40 offices statewide are held by the Green Party.

Marcy Winograd, a former Congressional candidate from Santa Monica, said she became Green after being raised in a liberal Democratic family.

“I’m late coming to this party,” and she said she is unhappy about the politicians wanting war.

Michael Powleson is running in the 30th Congressional district against Howard Berman and Brad Sherman. He said he went to Milliken Middle School and Grant High and said, “I am a socialist. They were the first to fight for women’s rights, fight slavery and fight against war.”

David Steinman, running for the 33rd Congressional District against Henry Waxman,  wrote two books about the environment and came from being an independent voter. “I thought the Democrats were spineless and the Republicans were anti-environment.”

Anthony Vieyra, running for the 35th Congressional District, which includes East Los Angeles, talked about how he was Green from the time he was a little boy.

(See photos above and video clips, and for more information go to the Green Party website: gp.org.)

Michael McCue March 24, 2012 at 04:01 PM
We Greens want to thank everyone who contributed to the success of our Green Party Rally in the Valley event last night, especially our San Fernando Greens volunteers, Derek Iversen, Edy Alvarez, Jeff Bacon, Lydia Grant, Eugene Hernandez, Bob Johnson, Harlan & Ginny Moyer, Ankur Pantel, Coby Siegenthaler, Marlon Stern, our guest speakers, Marcy Winograd, Michael Powelson, David Steinman, Anthony Vierya, and, of course, all of the members of Roseanne's staff...especially Eric Weinrib. This event could not have happened without your dedication and service. Thank you!
Linda Rubin March 24, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Thanks so much for covering this event. I wilted in the face of Friday 405 traffic, not to mention the $20 donation. Now I can see what I missed.
Nancy March 24, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Great event, everyone !!! So glad to see Roseanne helping the Green Party.www.gp.org
phil campos March 25, 2012 at 04:28 AM
yeah i want a president that grabs her crotch after singing the national anthem
Michael Higby March 25, 2012 at 05:19 AM
I would love to see Roseanne get lots of votes!
martin covax March 25, 2012 at 05:59 AM
Hi Michael, Someone just posted this photo account and article on the Roseanneworld.com Forum on my thread...... "Roseanne's 1st Campaign Event"......fabulous> I just wanna say how happy I was to meet and chat with you after the Mayflower appearence. Roseanne just did excellent imo. Maybe take on a moniker, if u wish, and come over and join the Forum.??? I'm glad I came back and got to see your interview which was in progress........ I had left and just turned right on Vineland Blvd.. .....and a littlevoice just said "You should go back"...........so I took the next right.......and came back. and i listen to little voices...hahaha.. I sincerely enjoyed seeing you,Roseanne,and meeting all of the candidates. I live in the West Valley so I was also happy Mike Powelson was there 2012...the year of Slaying the Dragon !!!!!! MC
AG March 25, 2012 at 04:21 PM
BTW: The Mayflower Club was established by a group of X-British movie stars & folks living in our area to entertain themselves and any other Anglophiles with vintage British stage entertainment. It is the home of the Laurel and Hardy comedian fan club meetings. I have gone there for their Holiday pantomine or 'panto' shows that are English musichall style of light mindless entertainment sometimes featuring two people inside a panto horse costume telling puns. It seems that with this "news" event announcement & with this "candidate"; the Mayflower Club is continuing that light mindless comedy tradition with a new cast from the Roseanne Barr Show being the hind end of the 'panto' horse act hurling name calling smears towards others in the race. No prudent people can take this seriously, especially with her schoolyard name calling other candidates! Is she just a camera whore-se? Any childish name calling only shows readers your discussion point of view has no substance or worth and is an embarrassement to people serious about this Novemeber election. BUT, you are free to be silly in this country especially if your job is comedianne.
Mark Lawrence March 25, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I had the pleasure of doing business with Ms Barr in the 90's......not a nice person! Just one more poorly told joke.
Vince Gilmore April 01, 2012 at 07:17 AM
I would just like to point out that Vince Gilmore is also running in the 30th District. I would also like to point out that Vince Gilmore is the only Constitutionalist running in the 30th District.
al licks anne May 09, 2012 at 07:41 PM
does anyone have any copies of the group photos that were taken at the end of this event? I would kill to see one! please link me!

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