- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 20, 2002

U.S. District Court Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. ruled against a request by the D.C. Statehood Green Party to hold up the placement of 200 decorated donkeys and elephants around Washington, according to a lawyer for a local commission.
Martha Mullen, representing the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, says Judge Kennedy issued his ruling yesterday in response to the local Green Party's request for a preliminary injunction.
The Green Party wants its sunflower symbol to be included with the representations of the country's two major political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, in decorating the nation's capital.
Michael Piacesk, a Green Party representative, has said: "We consider this unconstitutional. A a taxpayer, I object to funding [a project involving] two parties which I don't belong to when they won't include the party that I do belong to. We're a major party in the District of Columbia."
Miss Mullen says the judge ruled the party's claim was "not supported in law or logic," since the goal of the Party Animals project is to increase tourism and promote the arts.
Scott McLarty, media coordinator for the local Green Party disagrees.
He says: "We think this in unfortunate, since he rejected the idea that [the commission] has not represented the diversity of this political city. It is essentially a political advertisement. It's a promotion of the two major parties."
The project's kickoff is set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Freedom Plaza, 14th Street and Pennsylvania NW, when eight of the Party Animals will be unveiled. First Lady Laura Bush and D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams are expected to attend.
Ten of the 200 sculptures will be placed around the city each day.


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