1. What does this past Kansas debater look like now?
Eric is the one on the right.
2. What does this ex-debater now do for a living?
Eric is a lawyer for the Snohomish Washington Public Utility District.
3. Has this former debater been "in the news"?
You could say that. This is from the San Francisco Chronicle, June 27, 2004:
Eric Christensen unearthed Grandma Millie."Wow, these guys are really crooked bastards," said Snohomish lawyer Eric Christensen.
The soft-spoken, mild-mannered lawyer for a publicly owned utility in northwest Washington, Christensen also dug up “Burn, baby, burn.” And “He steals money from California to the tune of about a million (a day).” And “I got three more hours to congest.” And a host of other explosive and incriminating discussions from traders at the energy giant Enron.
Check out Eric's press clippings: CNN, the Washington Post, CBS News, USA Today, etc. And, of course, US Representative Jay Inslee (D-Wash) is a fan.
4. What else do we know?
Eric's boss, PUD General Counsel Mike Gianunzio, likes him:
"Eric is pretty much an unsung, quiet guy who's willing to work very hard. He works in the weeds and digs the dirt out," his boss said. "If we hadn't done this stuff, we basically would have had to pay Enron, and they would have gotten away with that fraud."In 1999, Eric publicly blasted a mining company's "consigliere" for advocating "environmentally destructive corporate welfare."