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October 03, 2007 02:08 AM UTC

Eidness Drops Out of CD-4 Race

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  • by: Colorado Pols


And then there was one.

Just one week after Democrat Angie Paccione ended her campaign for congress in CD-4, former Republican Reform Party candidate turned Democrat Eric Eidsness pulled his well-traveled hat out of the ring.

As The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports:

Eric Eidsness abandoned his bid for Northern Colorado’s Democratic congressional nomination, apparently clearing the way for Betsy Markey to challenge Republican incumbent Marilyn Musgrave next November.

“The hand writing is on the wall and I see it is not my time to be elected to national office to represent (Colorado’s 4th Congressional District),” Eidsness said in a prepared statement. “While my populist message appeals to a broad range of voters, particularly in the more rural areas, I do not have the support I will need here in Larimer County to win the Democratic nomination.”

You can file that quote away in the “No Shit” department. Eidsness pulled a hefty 11% of the vote in 2006 as a Reform Party candidate – one of the best third party showings in years – but he was going to have a hell of a time getting on the ballot as a Democrat because he switches parties more often than Paris Hilton.

The Democratic nomination seems secure for Betsy Markey…for now. But if Markey reports another weak quarter of fundraising, the door may be open for another Democrat to enter.

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19 thoughts on “Eidness Drops Out of CD-4 Race

    1. At times during the debates last year, Eidsness appeared to be the most rational and intelligent candidate of the bunch. But when you start changing party affiliations willy-nilly, it’s hard for people to really take you serious anymore.

      1. He never struck me as…shall we say…principled.  And he got attacked for it, but he never seemed to understand why.  Maybe now he does, and that’s part of the reason why he dropped out.  The question is, now that he’s no longer a candidate, will he stay a Democrat?

        1. He’ll call himself an “Independent” (the technical term is “unaffiliated”) and vote GOP as he always has.

          Before he excised it from his campaign website, Eric Eidsness waxed prolific about all the wrongs that had been done to him under Reagan by Democrats.  He repeated the phrase “Eastern liberal elites” and used a lot of other predictable stereotypes.

          He’s got a deep hatred of the party he temporarily adopted, which is what made his run so farcical.  He won’t be a registered Democrat next election.  I’m not sure he even bothered to re-register this time.

  1. When I was campaigning for Secretary of State, I met Eric.  He is very intelligent and was a good candidate.  He is an asset to the party, and I hope he puts all of his effort and resources toward electing a Democrat in CD-4, even though he chose not to continue this time.

  2. “The hand writing is on the wall and I see it is not my time to be elected to national office to represent (Colorado’s 4th Congressional District),”<--why did he say national office

    Then he goes on to talk about rural areas. I have not been up to date on eastern slope politics but is anything opening up out there that the Salazars could do a little king making on?

    Possibly just the Larry Craig paradigm shift in action

  3. but this news really makes my day!!!

    No primary in CD4 is by far the best scenario.

    I said once before on here that there are some districts where the discussions and debates that happen in a primary are very useful. CD4 is not one of them.

    This is a very expensive district for both parties, and now both parties can focus all their dollars towards one candidate and not have to wait til August to do so.

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