Erickson in June 2011.
June 3, 1975 |
Jackson, East Feliciana Parish
|Alma mater||Mercer University
Walter F. George School of Law
|Occupation||Writer, columnist, and radio host|
Erick Erickson (born June 3, 1975) is a politically conservative American blogger and editor-in-chief of the blog site RedState.com. From 2010–2013, he was a political contributor for CNN. Currently, he hosts "Atlanta's Evening News with Erick Erickson" broadcast on 750 WSB.
Erickson was born in Jackson in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates when he was five, and returned to Jackson when he was fifteen. Erickson attended the American School of Dubai, previously known as the Jumeirah American School. His father worked for Conoco Oil as an oil company production foreman. Erickson received a bachelor’s degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and a law degree from Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law and is an inactive member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia.
Erickson was elected November 6, 2007 to a four-year term as a Republican member of the Macon, Georgia city council. He resigned his office on February 16, 2011, partway through his first term to pursue a job with WSB radio in Atlanta; The Macon Telegraph noted his poor attendance as a council member before his resignation. While he was in office, Macon police officers considered forming a union. To counter the formation of the labor union, Erickson urged that the police department be dissolved.
Erickson's "Morning Briefing" e-mails grew from 498 subscribers when they began in February 2009 to nearly 70,000 by January 2010. The analysis from one of Erickson's "Morning Briefing" emails, just after the November 2009 election, was posted on the website of Human Events, referred to on the website of The American Spectator, and by Rush Limbaugh, and "fueled discussion later that morning at two influential weekly meetings of [Washington,] D.C. conservatives", according to an article in the Washington Post. The Post added, "The ability of a single e-mail to shape a message illustrates the power of the conservative network." The article described Erickson as one of the American conservative movement's "key national players".
The Daily Telegraph of London put Erickson on its "List of Most Influential US Conservatives", giving him a rank of 69th most influential in 2007 and 65th in 2010. According to the 2007 newspaper article: "Erickson epitomises the new power of the internet. A small-government fiscal and social conservative based in the south, he taps into and influences the Republican 'base' that the GOP’s 2008 candidates are courting."
CNN and Fox News contributor
On March 16, 2010, CNN announced the hiring of Erickson as a political contributor to John King, USA. CNN Political Director Sam Feist called Erickson "a perfect fit for John King, USA, because not only is he an agenda-setter whose words are closely watched in Washington, but as a person who still lives in small-town America, Erick is in touch with the very people John hopes to reach.” On his blog, Erickson stated, "CNN made an offer I couldn’t refuse," and added, "This is the path God put me on and it was totally unexpected, but I go where the good Lord leads."
Erickson also writes the "Confessions of a Political Junkie" blog and is former editor-in-chief of the "Peach Pundit" blog. His first book, Red State Uprising: How to Take Back America (co-authored with Lew Uhler), was published by Regnery Press in September 2010.
He helped to start the "We are the 53 percent" blog on Tumblr.
In 2014, Erickson was a guest-host of the national broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show on five occasions. In 2015, Erickson was the guest-host on January 2, January 29, March 13, June 11, and July 3.
Nikki Haley gubernatorial bid
In May 2010, Erickson wrote in the RedState blog that he would be releasing evidence that Will Folks, a South Carolina GOP political operative, had made false allegations that he had an affair with gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley and that the allegations were "initiated by a rival political campaign.". Later that day, Erickson wrote, "I have no clue if anyone is behind Will Folks doing this. [...] With apologies to RedState readers, [...] I’ve had no hesitation in stringing the media along like Folks has done." Byron York, a conservative journalist, criticized Erickson: "[S]acrificing your own credibility in an effort to undermine someone else’s is not a good idea, and what Erickson has done has surely hurt both his own reputation and that of his website."
George Allen 2012 Senate bid
In 2011 Democrat Jim Webb, the senior United States Senator from Virginia, announced that he would not seek re-election in 2012. Republican George Allen announced that he would try to win back the seat that he lost to Webb in 2006, but Erickson declined to endorse the "establishment" Allen, complaining of Allen's voting record. Erickson stated that he had "decided to support (Tea Party organizer) Jamie Radtke for the Senate." In August, however, Erickson approvingly quoted anonymous commentators who alleged that when Radtke spoke at a RedState gathering she was a "drunk rambling idiot." According to an email sent earlier by Erickson to the Radtke campaign and forwarded to Ben Smith, Erickson admitted having revised his public opinion about Radtke because "my bosses are huge Allen friends." Smith had previously raised questions about Erickson's independence from the financial interests of his employer by noting that an official with RedState.com's publisher had sent out an email that appeared to be selling Erickson's endorsement.
On January 10, 2011, Erickson began hosting a local radio show on WSB Radio 750/95.5. He replaced Michael Savage, eventually moving to the slot vacated by Herman Cain when he announced his 2012 presidential bid.
On August 7, 2015, Erickson rescinded an invitation to Donald Trump inviting him to a RedState gathering being held in Atlanta. During a CNN interview after a Republican party debate hosted by Fox News Channel on August 6, 2015, Trump said that Fox News anchor and debate co-moderator Megyn Kelly “had blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever” while questioning him during the debate. According to Erickson, Trump's remark "was a bridge too far” and that "blunt talkers and unprofessional politicians should not cross" a line of decency.
The following day, Trump released a statement stating that Erickson had a history of making controversial statements for which he’s had to apologize, and that he was an outsider who didn't fit into Erickson's agenda. In addition, Trump stated the following:
Not only is Erick a total loser, he has a history of supporting establishment losers in failed campaigns so it is an honor to be uninvited from his event[.]
In April 2009, Erickson posted to Twitter a vulgar tweet about Supreme Court Justice David Souter upon his retirement. Later, Erickson admitted is was the dumbest thing he ever did. In an appearance on The Colbert Report, Erickson said the Twitter statement was "not my finest hour".
In August 2009, Erickson stated on his blog: "A while back, Glenn Beck called Barack Obama a 'racist.' Given all the terrorists, thugs, and racists Barack Obama has chosen as close personal friends (see e.g. Rev. Wright), it's not a stretch to say it."
Erickson has tweeted controversial remarks regarding feminists, including (in response to a 2010 Super Bowl ad) the following: "That's what the feminazis were enraged over? Seriously?!? Wow. That's what being too ugly to get a date does to your brain"  and "Turned on twitter today and there was a barrage of angry feminists upset with me telling them to get in the kitchen and learn to cook"; "Good thing I didn't suggest the feminists ... you know ... shave. They'd be at my house trying a post-birth abortion on me"; "Feminists have no sense of humor, but clearly God did in creating feminists.";
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LMRM: The nation loses the only goat . . . child molester to ever serve on the Supreme Court in David Souter's retirement. #TCOT #RS
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- RedState: Obama Brownshirts Try to Silence Glenn Beck. August 13, 2009.
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- Appearances on C-SPAN
- "Confessions of a Political Junkie" blog
- Erick Erickson's website "About me".
- "Peach Pundit" blog
- RedState blog