SHOR­ING UP THE MID­DLE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Voter vex­a­tion with elected of­fi­cials is the high­est on record, ac­cord­ing to a new Gallup poll that finds that 72 per­cent of reg­is­tered vot­ers say most mem­bers of Congress do not de­serve re-elec­tion.

But wait. Now on the po­lit­i­cal land­scape, and a timely launch it is: the Cen­trist Project Voice, which bills it­self as “the first po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee sup­port­ing can­di­dates poised to set aside par­ti­san pol­i­tics and fo­cus on the core is­sues of crit­i­cal im­por­tance to all Amer­i­cans.” And project or­ga­niz­ers say they will pro­mote cen­trist can­di­dates re­gard­less of their party af­fil­i­a­tion.

“Most Amer­i­cans are mod­er­ates, yet we are rep­re­sented by of­fi­cials who pan­der to the ex­tremes of the elec­torate and put par­ti­san pol­i­tics ahead of what’s best for our coun­try as a whole,” said Cen­trist Project founder Charles Whee­lan, a pol­icy fel­low at Dart­mouth Col­lege.

The PAC’s first en­dorse­ment is Larry Pressler, who served three terms as a Repub­li­can se­na­tor from South Dakota. The en­dorse­ment is ac­com­pa­nied by some ram­bunc­tious talk.

“I am run­ning as an in­de­pen­dent to help end the poi­sonous fight­ing be­tween Repub­li­cans and Democrats that has par­a­lyzed Congress. It is in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult to run as an in­de­pen­dent,” Mr. Pressler ob­serves, cit­ing “spe­cial-in­ter­est money” which he says goes ex­clu­sively to Repub­li­cans and Democrats. See the big do­ings here: Cen­trist­pro­ject.org

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