Umm...is Congressional Candidate Jon Hulburd a Republican? He Assures Us, He's Not

Categories: Election 2010
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Democratic (?) Congressional candidate Jon Hulburd
Congressional candidate Jon Hulburd, who's squaring off with Ben Quayle in the District 3 Congressional race, went On the Record with Greta Van Susteren last night, and he would have looked great -- if he were a Republican.

Hulburd's appearance with Greta came on the same day we received a press release from his campaign announcing his tax plan. After looking it over, we asked a colleague "wait, Hulburd's a Democrat, right?"

Hulburd's plan includes things like extending the Bush tax cuts through 2012, permanently lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent, and making permanent the current tax rate for capital gains and dividends.

Sounds like Hulburd's got himself a copy of the GOP playbook, which, while running for office in a predominately Republican district, isn't a bad thing to have -- even if you're a Democrat.

When Hulburd went On the Record, he did little to change our initial impression that he's a Republican.

He re-iterated his tax plan and even threw down some tough talk about securing the border.

Check out the On the Record interview here.

We spoke with Hulburd this afternoon and asked him point-blank if he was a Republican posing as a Democrat.

"I'm definitely a Democrat," Hulburd tells New Times. "I've been a Democrat my whole life."

Hulburd, who was raised by a Republican father and a Democratic mother, says he's always aligned himself with the Democratic party but says he -- like many voters in his district -- is an independent thinker.

"I don't want people to think I'm misleading anyone and running outside of my party," he says. "The Democratic party's got a very big tent."

We asked him for a few specific Democratic principles he supported. He didn't give us any specific answers but says he welcomes the idea of independent thinkers who are willing to "chuck the label."

Hulburd gives off the impression that he's a genuine dude who doesn't abandon his principles to toe the party line. He almost reminds us of a left-leaning version of Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts (when Brown was running for office, that is).

Hulburd's wife, Carrie, is even a Republican and he says his five kids are split between affiliations to the two parties.

"I don't know, [Carrie] told me she was gonna vote for me but who knows," Hulburd jokes.

For now, he says, she's leading the "Republicans for Hulburd" effort in District 3.

That's probably a good plan. We have a feeling those involved in the "Democrats for Hulburd" effort might not be too thrilled with some of his ideas.


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Ladmobagparty
Ladmobagparty

Because, Kristen, the alternative is to vote for an idiot with NO views. Skippy Quayle is just looking for a free ride to DC where he can sit on his rump, be voted the dumbest man in congress, and get free health care for life.

Quayle has banked his whole campaign on Rep'licans hating Barack Obama. The rest of us want someone who is up for the job. Jon Hulburd will represent us, not the lazy, underinformed lunatic fringe of the G-NO-P.

Thane_Eichenauer
Thane_Eichenauer

I am disappointed that he didn't ask about Hulburd's support of the health care regulation law.

Chadsnow
Chadsnow

Let's see if our no brainer state Democratic Party can get behind this guy.

Q Dog
Q Dog

Quayle it up biatches!

Kristenalber
Kristenalber

I think it's scary that Hulburd is trying to get the voters of CD 3 to engage in the concept of his 'independent thinking' while running as a democrat - we have a name for independent thinkers, they are INDEPENDENTS. Why isn't Hulburd an independent? Well if he abandoned the title of 'democrat', who would come in and try to save him against the Quayle army? We get it. You dodged the crowded republican primary to pull a well-played 'paulina morris' - CD3 isn't going for this 'life-long democrat'. If Hulburd thinks I will vote for his 'independent thinking' so he can skip to Washington and buddy up with Pelosi and Obama (as the Republicans won't take him in...), he's very wrong. Mark, this is clearly a 'no-brainer' on both sides - quayle will win - why would a democrat vote for a democrat with republican views? why would a republican vote for a democrat with republican views?

Orton
Orton

You probably should not use your given name as a handle. I did some research and found out that you're married to Ben Quayle's former campaign manager. It looks as if you must have forgotten to disclose that, so I disclosed it for you....

Sandy
Sandy

Why will people vote for Jon Hulburd? People will vote for Jon because he has lived in CD3 for over 20 years, has raised his family here, and supports issues that community members care about. As Jon himself pointed out in the interview, the Democratic party has a big tent, which provides room for people with more moderate financial views.

I'd like to ask you why I should vote for Quayle. At least Jon is getting his message out about his point of view on issues that are important. Where does Quayle even stand?

Mark
Mark

This guy is the real deal. Voters says they want to clean up Washington. Here's your chance. On one side you have a brilliant, pro-bono lawyer who works with sick children (Hulburd) and on the other side you have Dan Quayle's douchebag kid. Seriously guys, this is a no brainer no matter which party you are in.

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

Keeping the Bush Tax Cuts for the rich? Are you seriuos? When has the rich ever given back when they have gotten less regulation and more tax cuts? Name one time. And no. He's not a Democrat.

Flan
Flan

Low-income taxpayers will see the 10-percent tax bracket disappear, and they will have to pay taxes at the 15-percent rate;Married taxpayers will see the marriage penalty return;Taxpayers with children will lose 50 percent of their child tax credits;

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