Candidate counting on disdain for both parties
AVON, Colorado – The race for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District promises to be hard-fought, with Democrats and Republicans expected to pour money – probably buckets of vitriol – into the contest. Independent candidate Tisha Casida sees that as an opportunity.”This is a monumental time for people leaving their parties,” Casida said. “With the sentiment of the American people right now, they just might throw their vote to an independent.”Casida said she believes the federal government should have a vastly reduced role in taxpayers’ lives, and that state and local governments should take over much of what Washington, D.C., does, or tries to do, now.”There’s nothing wrong with rules and regulations, but when it all comes out of Washington, it doesn’t work well,” she said. A fan of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, Casida said the federal government needs to return to a more strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, especially the 10th Amendment, which reads, in its entirety, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”With that as a philosophical guide, Casida believes states should have greater control over their resources, including water and public land, which, she believes, should be given to the states for more effective management.She also believes that the country needs to get serious about the state of its currency, and that the Federal Reserve is overdue for a thorough audit.”It’s American taxpayers’ money,” she said. “I would like to know where it’s going.”Much of Casida’s philosophy can be considered libertarian, but she insists she’s a political independent. And, she added, she’s been well received by both Democrats and Republicans.”People love our message,” Casida said. “This transcends the left-right paradigm.”Avon Bakery & Deli owner Dan Trush is one of Casida’s fans. Trush, who hosted Casida’s Tuesday stop in Avon at his place, said he first heard Casida on libertarian talk show host Alex Jones’ show one evening.”I heard her and thought she was great,” Trush said. “Then she said she was from Colorado and I thought ‘Awesome!.'” Then she said she was running the 3rd District and I said ‘Hey! That’s my new district.'”Trush said he looks forward to voting for Casida.”If she’s in D.C., I’ll go, and I’ll take my kids and I’ll be proud,” Trush said. “I’m just tired of being lied to.”While this is her first run for public office, Casida said she’s had plenty of experience working with town and county government, which left a bad impression on her. Still, she said, she believes the best decisions are made closer to home.”Any time decisions are made thousands of miles away, you run a risk,” she said. Business Editor Scott N. Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930 or email@example.com.