October 16th, 2009

Culver Launches First TV Ad of Re-Election Campaign

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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Chet Culver 5On the day that former Governor Terry Branstad retired from Des Moines University so that he could explore the possibility of running for governor. Governor Chet Culver released a new campaign ad about the Iowa budget.

I find it interesting that Governor Culver is running campaign ads in regards to the budget. When bad news breaks about the budget, or scandal erupts at the Department of Economic Development, the Governor is nowhere to be found. In fact, reporters had to drive from Des Moines to Cedar Rapids and ask him questions about the Iowa Film Tax Credit scandal.

I’m glad you “chose” to rebuild our state after the floods. Did you really have to think that one over?
Running a campaign ad doesn’t show leadership Governor. Real leaders are accountable and assessable to the people they represent in good times and bad.

Photo by Dave Davidson

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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