The chatter surrounding Christian Fong running for governor continues. What disturbs me regarding this matter isn’t Fong as a potential candidate for some office, but the complete lack of a foundation for him to mount a gubernatorial campaign.
I know a lot of people seem impressed that Fong is the chair of the Generation Iowa Commission, a program of the Iowa Department of Economic Development that tries to keep young Iowans from leaving the state after college to look for career opportunities.
I’m glad that people like Fong and Waukee’s Isaiah McGee serve on this commission. But does service on this committee really prepare a 32 year old man to serve as this state’s governor? The 15 members of the Generation Iowa Commission were selected from a pool of 250 applicants who sent in applications. I don’t mention this to belittle Fong’s commitment to the state. I bring this up because people are now thinking that Fong is ready to be Governor of Iowa. I think a better political career track would be the one Isaiah McGee is on. McGee is running for Mayor of Waukee.
Rumor has it that Fong is being pushed by Iowans for Tax Relief’s President Ed Failor, Jr. Failor has also been telling people that he can raise Fong as much money as it will take to win the Republican primary. Having a horse in the race can create hostility, recruiting that candidate almost guarantees hard feelings at the end of the day.
I don’t know about you, but with the recent scandals of John Ensign and Mark Sanford, I’m not really keen on throwing my support, or rolling the dice on a guy I’ve never heard of until a couple months ago. I’m not implying that he’s not faithful to his wife; I’m saying we better know who the heck this guy is before we nominate him. It’s not like we have not had issues with some of our nominees in the past, remember Chuck Allison’s business issues that lead him to dropping out right after winning the Republican nomination for Secretary for State. It wasn’t the business issues that did him in, it was his Russian bride.
Since Todd “man crush” Dorman is unwilling to do any research on the guy, and fellow TIR blogger Constitution Bi-Weekly (kidding…well kinda) seem to think Fong’s musings on a blog somehow merit gubernatorial consideration, I thought I’d take the 30 seconds needed to do a little research on this guy.
Granted, since he is only 32 years-old, you can’t expect to find a whole lot out there, but I did find a couple interesting contribution Mr. Fong has made. In the fall of 2008, Fong made a $100 contribution to Democrat State Representative Tyler Olson, and a $50 contribution to Democrat State Representative Elisha Gayman. Both Olson and Gayman are pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, and vote in lock step with the labor unions.
Gayman was running against Republican challenger Ross Paustian in one of the most hotly contested house races in the state. Gayman ran a nasty campaign and accused Paustian of not paying his child support. Paustian’s ex-wife even appeared in one of his TV ad chastising Gayman’s attacks on their family. And what does Christian Fong do? He sends Gayman a campaign contribution.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think we know enough of Mr. Fong to give him the Republican nomination for governor. Now, if Mr. Fong would like to run for the State Senate against Democrat Bob Hogg in 2010, I’ll gladly overlook his contribution to Rep. Gayman and send him a little coin myself.
I’m not saying the Fong should never run for Governor, I just don’t understand the mad rush by some to make this kid our Republican nominee.
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