The Herald Mail: Ex-US Senate candidate asks Maryland to sanction a socialist party
The following was originally published in the Herald Mail.
ANNAPOLIS — Jerome Segal sought this year to unseat U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., in the Democratic primary.
But the experience so disillusioned him that he decided to form his own state party.
There was just one hurdle — he needed to produce petitions signed by 10,000 voters to the Maryland Board of Elections.
Earlier this month, he showed up at the board's Annapolis office with nearly twice that many. And now he's waiting for the board to certify the "Bread and Roses" party, which espouses what Segal calls "the new socialism."
He insists the effort differs from what most folks think of when they hear the word "socialism," and he believes there's a bloc of voters sympathetic to his ideas.