Eric Ericson is a local Republican government official in Macon, Georgia and a CNN News Contributor. CNN has cut costs by focusing on Atlanta area news and apparently putting almost anyone on air.
Ericson won his 15 minutes of infamy with threatening language about census takers, perhaps as an expression of conservative anti-intellectual hostility to data collection. The Macon Republican said the following: "This is crazy. What gives the Commerce Department the right to ask me how often I flush my toilet? Or about going to work? I'm not filling out this form. I dare them to try and come throw me in jail. I dare them to. Pull out my wife's shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door. They're not going on my property. They can't do that. They don't have the legal right, and yet they're trying." WMAC in the Morning with Eric Ericson. April 1, 2010. Source The Commerce Department was not amused. Commerce spokesperson Nicholas Kimball stated that precautions are being made to "protect the safety of both census workers and the public." Commerce Pushes Back