Bill Bloomfield’s congressional campaign is sn example of how the new California open primary can help elect genuine moderates or at the very least, get their views known. Bloomfield is running a self-financed campaign as an independent against incumbent Henry Waxman. Bloomfield used to be a Republican.
The pivotal moment for Bloomfield leaving the Republican Party came when Republican Senator Mitch McConnell said “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term President.” Bloomfield feels strongly that elected officials should focus first and foremost on the nation and on the problems that face us all and refrain from putting partisan attacks first. Both as a Republican and now as an independent, he says politics needs to be reformed and modernized. Larger coalitions need to be built and will by necessity need to span traditional party lines. He was an early and important supporter of open primaries and redistricting reform in California.
Waxman will be tough to beat but the Bloomfield campaign is cautiously optimistic they will finish second in the primary on Tuesday and thus face Waxman in the Top Two general election.