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A Worthwhile Independent for Congress

Posted: 10/25/2012 7:44 pm

I want to ignore the big election for a minute and focus on one congressional race in Colorado. This is a race that's more important than most people realize, because it examples one of the few genuine attempts to get America beyond its present partisan gridlock.

Most independent or third-party congressional candidacies are acts of vanity or delusion. Such candidates almost never win, and they can spoil elections in favor of undeserving candidates by drawing more votes from one side than the other.

Dave Anderson, in Colorado's 5th district (around Colorado Springs), is an exception.

For a start, there is no Democratic candidate in the race, so there is no issue of his being a spoiler.

For a second, his Republican opponent, two-term incumbent Doug Lamborn, is the worst kind of Republican: harshly conservative on issues where this achieves nothing, and a limp sell-out on those issues where conservative principles could actually do some good.

Lamborn is also spectacularly bad on trade issues, my own area of expertise. His voting record received an "F" from the Coalition for a Prosperous America, my employer.

We at CPA are a bipartisan organization. We cannot endorse anyone. But it is my personal opinion, upon which I am prepared to stake my reputation, that Dave Anderson means what he says on trade issues. I have discussed them with him extensively, and the man gets it. He recently endorsed CPA's "21st Century Trade Agreement Principles," an attempt to formulate what America must do differently.

You can find his website at DaveAndersonForCongress.com, and there's a video of him below.

Electing such a man would send a message both parties urgently need to hear.

 
 
 
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