Jackson Eaton is officially in the race for the 15th District, and for an ex-Republican he’s definitely not sounding like a Blue Dog. Eaton explicitly calls out Dent and the House Republicans for blocking action on jobs and climate change. Here’s Nicole Radzievich:
Jackson Eaton, who just switched his registration to Democrat, on Thursday officially announced his run against former fellow Republican Charlie Dent, painting him as part of a “do-nothing Congress” and a GOP majority playing “chicken” with Democrats on issues such as the national debt and jobs.
Standing in front of his alma mater, William Allen High School, Eaton pointed out the government almost shut down twice this year. The national government, he noted, came close to defaulting on payments toward its $14 trillion debt, a move which led to a downgrade of its bond rating, because Congress did not act.
He labeled Dent, R-15th District, a “loyal foot soldier” to Republican leaders.
“This week, I changed my registration from Republican to Democrat,” Eaton said. “But in fact the Republican party left me some time ago. It has become beholden to fantasies like the idea that tax cuts pay for themselves that the unemployed have only themselves to blame and that climate change is a hoax.
“It is also the party of Congressman Dent,” said Eaton, 34, of Allentown.
This line of attack is just devastating coming from someone who was recently a registered Republican and Dent volunteer just a few years ago. Charlie Dent even recommended him for a job as recently as 2009, so it appears Dent and Eaton are familiar.
Now Eaton is calling him out for following his party to the far right, and ignoring the country’s problems. For a recent Democratic convert to be making this charge moves the center of this race substantially to the left.
Democrats should be skeptical about why Eaton was a registered Republican for so long despite always voting for Democrats, but remember that he did vote for Democrats in the last 3 elections. He’s 34, which means the only Republican Presidential candidate he may have ever voted for was Bob Dole. Can’t imagine an 18 year old voting for Dole, but…
Don’t listen to the concern-trolling from Shawn Millan. Millan is trying to raise questions about Eaton’s Democratic bona fides by playing up his Republican past, because he knows Eaton is a going to have a strong message in the general election, and he would rather run against Rick Daugherty. I don’t have a strong opinion about who the more electable Democrat is yet, but the Dent campaign would probably run a generic anti-tax campaign against Rick. The race against Eaton would be less predictable for them.
What are people thinking so far? Do you think Eaton sounds like a Democrat?