Constitution Party Gains a Mayor

Just recieved this alert via email… sounds quite promising!

Mayor Tom Eschenberg, of Malabar (Brevard County), Florida was elected mayor in 2004 to a non-partisan office. His term expires 2008. This past May, 2007, he joined the Constitution Party of Florida. Mayor Eschenberg is believed to be the first elected official in Florida to join the Constitution Party.

Here is the mayor’s website.

16 Responses to “Constitution Party Gains a Mayor”

  1. Freelancer Says:

    Very interesting. I don’t know what else to say.

  2. Trent Hill Says:

    Tis a shame its a non-partisan office.

  3. Austin Cassidy Says:

    True. Though I think the big value here is if he is willing to eventually seek higher office, either “for real” or just to promote the party.

    The mayor of a small town might, realistically, be able to get elected to a partisan county-level board of commissioners. Or… he could pull 10-25% in a competitive 3-way state house race, giving the party a boost of legitimacy at the local level.

  4. Cody Quirk Says:

    Constitution Party, divided, dying?....

    NOPE! We’re only getting stronger then before!

  5. Joey Dauben Says:

    Don’t give the guy any ideas just yet.

    Let’s see what the Constitution Party can do in a non-partisan race in a small town. Let’s show people - before leaping into higher office - what minor parties can do at the local level.

    However, if he’s looking at higher office, his best bet would be to run as a Republican in the primary. You’d get two bangs for the buck on this: (a) you have a higher shot at winning, (b) you’d show Republicans just how far they’ve strayed by incorporating the CP agenda, and© you’d show people that you have experience as an elected official, regardless if it’s a non-partisan race or not.

    I guarantee you once news about his party affiliation spreads, he’ll have at least one opponent next election. They did that to Pat Dixon in Texas; he was a well-known Libertarian but lost re-election after his voting record was visible…

    Anyway, that’s not to diminish the congratulatory remarks I have for the CP gaining an elected official, especially mayor.

  6. Tom Bryant Says:

    It is significantly harder to elect someone as a third party candidate than to have them switch parties. That is a true indication of a political party’s power.

  7. Trent Hill Says:

    Ohk Tom.

  8. Sean Scallon Says:

    What would life in a town run by the Constiution Party be like? What policies would a CP person persue while on a county board? IF CP, and really all non-major party, people cannot answer these questions then they shouldn’t be running for anything. Real change starts from below. The Greens more than anyone have figures this out and the same can happen for the CP and the LP in communities sympatheic to their views and the non-partisan aspect of many of these elections will provide these opportunities.

  9. Joey Dauben Says:

    I wonder if this Florida town would welcome mixed-bathing - i.e., water parks.

    grin

  10. Gary Odom Says:

    Tom Bryant Says:

    June 3rd, 2007 at 9:55 pm
    It is significantly harder to elect someone as a third party candidate than to have them switch parties. That is a true indication of a political party’s power.

    This may be true, but we will take them any way they come and are grateful to have him aboard!

  11. Gary Odom Says:

    Tom Bryant Says:

    June 3rd, 2007 at 9:55 pm
    It is significantly harder to elect someone as a third party candidate than to have them switch parties. That is a true indication of a political party’s power.

    This may be true, but we will take them any way they come and are grateful to have him aboard!

  12. Gary Odom Says:

    Did somebody say “you can say that again?” I have no idea how it posted twice. I thought there were safeguards to protect against bozo manuevers like that?

  13. Tom Bryant Says:

    Gary,

    It is always nice when a sitting official switches parties. I’ve never been a big fan of the third parties making a big announcement about it. The Libertarian Party milked the Republican State Reps in New Hampshire as “elected Libertarians” when they ran under both party names. As it turns out, they weren’t elected as Libertarians, because they can’t seem to get elected without being on the GOP ballot line anymore.

    We in the third party movement tend to view the role of a party as simply an ideology, with the end goal to get people to agree with us. What third parties really need to do is build the infrastructure up so that we have something to offer candidates when they decide what party to run under. I think we all know that there are many people who SHOULD be running as CPers, Greens, and LPers but do not because the party cannot give them a victory.

    I’d like to see this mayor run for re-election and the CP provide the money and volunteers to get him in office. That is the purpose of a party.

  14. Trent Hill Says:

    Poor Gary. You’re always making gaffes.

  15. Cody Quirk Says:

    I wonder if this Florida town would welcome mixed-bathing - i.e., water parks.

    =You know, referencing to something that hurt your image with TPW’ers isn’t the best idea.

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