I don’t get involved in politics very often, because I’m generally a fiscal conservative and a social moderate and it’s hard to find that combination in any one candidate for any office. I happened to meet one such candidate earlier this year. His name is Eric Eidsness, a former Republican now running on the Reform Party ticket for the seat currently held by Marilyn Musgrave. I know of a lot of people who are not happy with Musgrave’s performance and, like me, have dramatically different views on social issues than those she (and the Fundamentalist Right that seems to have taken over the Republican Party) endorse. I know of a lot of people who, like me, fell that Angie Paccione is not a viable option as she seems to simply state her party line without personal thought.
We need a congressional representative that can think. Eric fits that bill, and has posted his views on the key issues to his Web site at www.eric4congress.org. (Full disclosure: I helped produce the Web site…)
I just met Eric in February 2006. In that short time I’ve come to trust him. I trust his experience, and I trust him to look at all sides of an issue before making up his mind. Once his mind is made up, I trust him to stick to his values.
In sort, I trust him to represent the centrist values of the people of the 4th District of Colorado rather than the far-left or far-right values of the current Democrat and Republican leadership. This freedom to vote the views of the district filtered through his personal conscience, values, and intelligence will give him a far more influence in Congress than either of his opponents could ever hope to wield.