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Imagine the country wakes up tomorrow and a partisan Democrat who hasn’t faced a real election in 20 years loses? Political consultants and the partisan media would wake up to find an independent candidate stealing one of the most senior partisan’s seat in Congress, without having to put on anyone’s red or blue jersey to do it. Bill Bloomfield is an independent candidate who gave up on the Republican Party the day Mitch McConnel said their top priority was to defeat Obama, rather than lead. And he could amplify the non-partisan revolution brewing out west.
Bill Bloomfield is no gadfly. He’s a successful businessman who has taken on special interests like the tobacco industry and served on hospital and criminal justice boards. He’s also co-founder of No-Labels, an organization dedicated to breaking down the partisan divide in Congress.
Henry Waxman knows this. In the last 18 years, gerrymandered districts and partisan primaries have kept his seat comfortable. He literally hadn’t had to run a real campaign in decades because institutional barriers had been erected around him:
Henry Waxman hasn’t faced a tough campaign since Lyndon B. Johnson was president and the Beatles topped the Billboard charts…
In an exclusive interview, Bloomfield explained why voters should consider voting for him over the long-term incumbent:
Bill is the best candidate running to get Congress working again. He’s successfully worked on election reform as a private citizen, helping to advance open primaries and redistricting reform. He’s taken on special interests indiscriminately. And, he’s already working to reform Congress through his involvement with No Labels, a group already working to reform Congress. He will join No Labels’ bi-partisan bloc after he’s sworn in on January 2nd.
He was also asked what a Bill Bloomfield win mean for the future of non-partisan candidates:
It will be a huge shot in the arm for the non-partisan movement. It will prove that even an entrenched 38 year incumbent in supposedly a safe seat is not immune from losing to a non-partisan problem solver. California voters now have the tools (open primaries and redistricting reform) to hold all elected officials accountable for what they accomplish; or fail to accomplish!
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