Eric Eidsness, a 61-year-old former Republican from Fort Collins, will represent the Colorado Reform Party in an attempt to pry votes from incumbent U.S. Rep Marilyn Musgrave and her main challenger, state Rep. Angie Paccione, D-Fort Collins. The 4th is the only congressional district in which the Reform Party has a candidate on the state ballot.
Eidsness, in a statement released over the weekend, said that if elected, “I would be pounding my fist on the podium in the House chambers demanding the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff for the massive failure in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina, and for not enforcing our existing immigration laws that allowed 12 million illegal aliens into this country.”
The Reform Party’s platform puts a heavy emphasis on fiscal responsibility in government. Appointed in 1981 by then-President Ronald Reagan as assistant administrator for water in the Environmental Protection Agency, Eidsness has devoted his career to environmental engineering and construction. He spent nine years in local and federal government policy positions and 23 years as a businessman.
The 4th District has been in Republican hands since the defeat of Democratic Party icon Wayne Aspinall in 1972. President Bush carried it by a 16 percent margin over John Kerry in 2004…
…If Eidsness were to win as much as 8 percent or 9 percent of the general election vote, Walter said, that would be “a significant development, in that we have to assume that most of the votes that go to a Reform Party candidate who is a former Republican will come from Republicans.”
The best Reform Party showing in Colorado was 3.12 percent won by Michael Sanchez, a 2002 candidate for state treasurer, according to Logan Goolsby, interim chairman of the Colorado Reform Party.