We introduced Major E. (Eric Egland) in “The straight story,” documenting Eric’s close encounter with Pepsi’s public relations department over the 2005 Columbia Business School commencement speech by current Pepsi chief executive officer Indra Nooyi. (At the time Nooyi was Pepsi’s chef financial officer.) After Eric returned from a six month tour in Iraq working in counterintelligence on IEDs, I met up with him in Washington while he was serving in the Pentagon. A 1992 graduate of the Air Force Academy, Eric struck me as an outstanding officer with an enormous contribution to make on the home front.
Eric is now running for Congress in California’s Fourth District. He began the race against the district’s scandal plagued incumbent (Republican) Rep. John Doolittle. Earlier this month Doolittle announced his retirement. Eric has at least one remaininng opponent for the Republican nomination. Anticipating Doolittle’s possible retirement, Michael Goldfarb wrote:
[K]eep your eye on Egland. He had already raised twice as much money as the incumbent, he