Denver’s Freedberg challenging Campbell
Brad Freedberg, 39, Democratic challenger to Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, 70, stopped in Eagle County Wednesday to deliver his campaign message.
It’s about change and being an outsider, the self-labeled moderate democrat, Denver lawyer and father of two said to a handful of party loyalists gathered at Fiesta’s in Edwards. It’s his first run at elective office.
“(Campbell’s) coasting on his political career,” Freedberg said. “It’s about changing priorities. Do we believe in education and supporting underprivileged segments of society or are we more interested in building a society of two classes: haves and have-nots?”
Freedberg suggested that the American public is moving away from “career politicians.” His said his reason for running is his young children.
“I want them to grow up in a good, compassionate United States,” he said.
Freedberg is a third generation Coloradan who was adopted at birth, and graduated cum lade in 1987 from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a degree in business accounting and in 1989 attained a law degree from the Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C.
In 1995, after doing jobs ranging from selling mobile and modular homes to driving a van, and investment banking, he passed the Colorado bar exam and opened a private law practice in Denver.
He’s been on a campaign tour raising the estimated $5 million it will take to unseat Campbell, a Republican, who disclosed recently he is being treated for prostate cancer.
As might be expected, Freedberg is critical of Campbell’s record.
“He does not take a lead role in addressing the problems we face as a nation,” Freedberg said. “He votes party-line Republican.”
On some of the philosophical hot-button items, Freedberg provides a mixed approach, according to his Web site:
– On the abortion, he is pro choice.
– He favors some religious values in government: “We must hold dear to the Judeo-Christian values embraced by the founding fathers of our nation.”
– On the economy and taxation, he favors a graduated tax rate and a balanced taxation policy to retire national debt.
– He favors strong U.S. support of Israel until such time as the Palestinians renounce terror, and then favors a more balanced approach.
Freedberg is one of two announced challengers for Campbell’s Congressional seat and he will likely face some pretty busy intra-party campaigning as well. He already has to contend with Democrat Mike Miles of Colorado Springs and party watchers expect U.S. Rep. Mark Udall, D-Boulder, to seek Campbell’s seat.
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