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Ryan Cooper

D.O.A. frontman Joey Keithley steps back into the political ring

By May 1, 2012

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It's always refreshing when a story about punk and politics doesn't end with a bunch of punks being sent to a "re-education camp", being thrown in prison or even killed with the consent of their government, and this story out of the Great White North is one of those refreshing ones.

D.O.A. frontman Joey S**thead Keithley has announced that he's seeking a nomination for the New Democratic Party in British Columbia.

On his decision to run, Keithley issued this statement:

Obviously the aim is to get as many candidates elected and try to win the election. So that's why I'm getting into this. I want to change this world into a better place and it ain't happening with the B.C. Liberals, if you ask me.

It's not the first time Keithley has been involved in politics. In addition to D.O.A.'s political stance, most recently displayed on 2010's Talk - Action = 0, over the years he has run for the Green Party three times (finishing fifth in the 1996 election and third in 2001) and was named one of British Columbia's all time most influential people by readers of the Vancouver Sun. So it's not surprising that he would continue to forge forward with what he believes in, in more and more prominent political ways.

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May 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm
(1) Wes says:

His statement didn’t really say much about his platform. The vague attack on “liberals” doesn’t clarify much. After all, liberals may be most frequently vilified by right wingers, but there’s not much love for them from anarchists and other left wing progressives – of which the punk scene has many.

Just because somebody is a punk doesn’t mean I’m down with their politics. Joe Escalente of The Vandals dresses up and plays pretend punk rocker by night, but to wake up to be the real douche nozzle he is by imposing stupid criminal sanctions on kids that accused of vandalism t in his role as municipal court judge. poser defined.

and yeah, people got to grow up – i was in hard core band as a kid, now i’m a civil rights and consumer protection attorney. i take on giants and help the weak – like a real grown up punk rocker should.

but then i read Keithly spent last summer playing for free at occupy encampments. rock. the. f**k. on. i hope he wins.

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