Eric Egland

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Eric Egland was a Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District of California

Eric I. Egland, an Iraq War veteran, political scientist, and conservative activist, was a Republican candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the 4th Congressional District (map) of California. On July 31, 2007, Egland announced that he would challenge incumbent Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) in the 2008 Republican primary, but later withdrew.

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Positions, record and controversies

Bio

Egland, who received a degree in political science from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992, is a Major in the U.S. Air Force Reserve who served on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. In January 2005, Egland volunteered for a six-month tour in Iraq "where he worked to help units in Baghdad help identify, defuse and avoid roadside bombs." He returned from duty in July 2005.[1]

Egland is "the founder of Troops Need You and is a counter-terrorism consultant who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. His experience includes working to defeat terrorism, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). He holds a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College."[2]

He is the author of the March 2007 self-published[3] The Troops Need You, America: Six Ways to Help Them Win, a book "based on an essay he published in The Weekly Standard magazine," which "shows average Americans how to help the troops win in Iraq."[4]

Egland "has discussed national security issues on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Fox News Radio, the Hugh Hewitt show, and HotAir with Michelle Malkin."[5]

On September 18, 2006, Egland and his wife Ania were speakers at a Move America Forward the "America Remembers 9/11" event at the California State Capitol.[6]

At the November 2, 2006, California 2006 Victory Rally, First Lady Laura Bush acknowledged Egland:[7]

"With us tonight is Major Eric Egland from the U.S. Air Force Reserves. (Applause.) Eric earned a degree from the Air Force Academy, and then he served in Korea and Saudi Arabia, and then he volunteered to go to Iraq. During his time there, he trained units in Baghdad to identify, defuse, and avoid roadside bombs. Now that he's home, he's a contributing author to 'Blog of War: Frontline Dispatches from Iraq and Afghanistan.'[8] He also participates in rallies hosted by moveamericaforward.org, which is a non-profit committed to supporting America's efforts to defeat terrorism and supporting the brave men and women of the United States military. Thank you very much, Eric."

On May 7, 2007, Egland was introduced by Chris Matthews on MSNBC's Hardball as "an adviser to Move America Forward, which backs President Bush's strategy."[9] Egland is also a member of Vets for Freedom and was a speaker at the March 17, 2007, Gathering of Eagles event held in Washington, D.C.[10]

2008 elections

Egland was seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) in the 2008 congressional elections.[11][12][13][14]

On May 30, 2007, Egland stated that "he is seriously considering challenging Doolittle in next year's Republican primary because the congressman is too damaged to win the general election." Egland "says he was a lifelong independent voter before he re-registered as a Republican last year. Yet, he is picking up some important Republican support."[15]

"Among those backing his entry into the race is Steve Schmidt, a former White House adviser to President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney who ran Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2006 re-election campaign, and Cindy Sherrod, who chaired the Bush-Cheney re-election drive in Placer County in 2004."[16]

A resident of Roseville, California, Egland "helped Rep. John Doolittle defeat Democratic challenger Charlie Brown"[17] in the 2006 congressional elections. In the fall of 2006, he "organized a group of veterans to oppose Doolittle's Democratic challenger, Brown, a retired Air Force officer who is seriously weighing another run next year."[18]

Money in politics

Information on this candidate's 2008 fundraising is not yet available. Stay tuned for live feeds of data from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.

Committees and affiliations

Committees

Egland will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.

Affiliations

More background data

Background information on John Doolittle, whom Eric Egland challenged in the 2006 congressional elections:

Contact

Web: http://www.troopsneedyou.com/

Articles and resources

See also

References

  1. Jason Probst, "Major Danger. Roseville's Egland has worked on WMDs, drug interdiction, other high-profile jobs with the Air Force; Major returned home recently from tour in Iraq," The Press-Tribune, August 10, 2005.
  2. "'Troops Need You' Earns Unprecedented Partnership with US Command in Iraq Top U.S. General in Iraq Supports Citizen Effort for Victory in Iraq," Christian Newswire (WDC Media), June 27, 2007.
  3. Troops Need You America, Amazon.com.
  4. Eric Egland, TroopsNeedYou.com, accessed July 18, 2007.
  5. "'Troops Need You' Earns Unprecedented Partnership with US Command in Iraq Top U.S. General in Iraq Supports Citizen Effort for Victory in Iraq," Christian Newswire (WDC Media), June 27, 2007.
  6. "America Remembers 9/11 Event Recap & Report," Move America Forward, September 18, 2006.
  7. News Release: "Mrs. Bush's Remarks at California Victory 2006 Rally," William Jessup University Rocklin, California, Office of the First Lady, November 2, 2006.
  8. Maj. Eric and Ania Egland, "'Blog of War' co-author Eric Egland takes on CNN," CNN (Free Republic), September 19, 2006.
  9. Transcript: "'Hardball with Chris Matthews' for May 7," MSNBC, May 8, 2007.
  10. Jack Kemp, "Bottom up and top down changes for fighting in Iraq," American Thinker, March 25, 2007. Note this is not the politician who is also named Jack Kemp.
  11. 2008 Race Tracker page on California's 4th Congressional District
  12. David Whitney, "Ex-ally may challenge 'damaged' Doolittle in GOP primary," Sacramento Bee, May 31, 2007.
  13. California Candidates: District 4, Politics1.com. (accessed July 18, 2007)
  14. California 2007, The Green Papers. (accessed July 18, 2007)
  15. David Whitney, "Ex-ally may challenge 'damaged' Doolittle in GOP primary," Sacramento Bee, May 31, 2007.
  16. David Whitney, "Ex-ally may challenge 'damaged' Doolittle in GOP primary," Sacramento Bee, May 31, 2007.
  17. California Candidates: District 4, Politics1.com, accessed July 18, 2007.
  18. David Whitney, "Ex-ally may challenge 'damaged' Doolittle in GOP primary," Sacramento Bee, May 31, 2007.

External resources

External articles

Articles by Eric Egland

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