Who joins the Independent Party of Oregon? Some Democratic operateives want you to believe it's full of tea party agitators. Some Republicans will claim it's a liberal conspiracy to take down the Oregon GOP. This is our first in what we hope to be a series of posts about who really makes up the IPO membership. For your approval. Meet Dan Becker: 

"I have been unaffiliated since the 1970's. Just couldn't stand either party. I had a Libertarian bent, but their party just goes too far in regards to personal freedom versus the needs of social progress as a society.

I joined the IPO as soon as I became aware of it. I too was dismayed by the Democrats and Republicans shutting out third party candidates in the 2004 election.

I have voted in every presidential election since 1972. But have only picked a winner once.

My priorities include: Public funding of elections, no lobbyist money; repeal of most of the patriot act; open primaries; education, education, education."