Former CD-4 Reform Party candidate Eric Eidsness has officially changed his party registration to Democrat.
As a third-party candidate Eidsness captured 11 percent of the vote in 2006 and often seemed to be the more impressive of the three candidates in public appearances. But now that he’s a major party candidate, will he be as interesting?
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Eric Eidsness, Reform Party Candidate for Colorado’s 4th Congressional District in last year’s general election who won over 11% of the vote and the endorsement of five of the seven daily newspapers in the District, announced today that he has changed his party affiliation to Democrat.
“Anyone who saw me debate my opponents on October 24, 2006 at Windsor High School or studied my web site at www.eric4congress.org knows that my progressive ideas on health care, homeland security, taxing and spending, immigration reform and energy independence and more are issues the Democrats and not the Republicans are trying to address”, said Eidsness.
“The changing political landscape can be dizzying”, he notes. “The Republican Congress and Administration chalked up the biggest national debt and largest federal bureaucracy in history in just six years and the Democrats who now control the Congress are professing fiscal responsibility”.
I am a new Democrat who can bring business savvy and fiscal restraint to the Democratic
Parties proposals should I run for Congress in 2008 and win”.
A former Reagan appointee in the EPA and Vietnam Combat Veteran, Eidsness believes he can do more for the 4th Congressional District as a Democrat though he says he is not announcing his candidacy until he has proven to the Party leaders that he fits, can be trusted and can win.
“I think most Coloradoans regardless of political affiliation believe in keeping their house in (fiscal) order; don’t want big government telling them what to do; help their neighbors when they need it; and, believe in law in order”, says Eidsness.
“Many of us are at once conservative, progressive, green, libertarian and independent – it depends on the issue. Being true to my conscience and our values here in Eastern Colorado will remain my principle goal. I won’t change for political expediency”.
“I said when I announced in April of 2006 and do now that we are a two-party system”, emphasizes Eidsness. His web site home page noted he was not trying to build a (third) Party but to join a movement of moderate, common sense and civil elected representatives in Washington who put country above ideology.
Eidsness’ move to the Democratic Party is a logical progression and other former Republicans have done the same in recent times.