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April 4th, 2009

Afraid to Face the Public: Rep. Elesha Gayman is a No-Show For Her Own Forum

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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State Representative Elesha Gayman was scheduled for her weekly public forum this morning at the Hickory Garden’s Restaurant in Davenport. While the public was well represented, their elected Representative was a no-show. The forum was to begin at 8 a.m. and last until 9 a.m..

A number of people turned out to ask Rep. Gaymen about her stance on repealing federal deductibility. There are questions about where she stands on the issue. Rep. Gayman had previously indicated on a survey that she was opposed to the repeal of federal deductibility, but came out this week in favor of the Democrat plan to repeal it. The Democrats plan would increase taxes on Iowans by $600 million, and represent the largest tax increase in Iowa’s history.

Apparently Rep. Gayman was unwilling to hear from the very citizens who elected her and pay her salary.

There are also reports that Democrat Leaders told their members to not attend any legislative forums this weekend. If anyone knows of any other incidents of legislators who failed to show up to their public forums this morning, please leave a comment below.

Update: One of the people who attended the forum called Rep. Gayman’s mother after they returned home. This person was told that Rep. Gayman cancelled forum earlier this morning.

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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