Jim Gibbons continues to piece together his campaign for Congress in Iowa’s third congressional district. Yesterday, Gibbons announced that he has hired Brian Chatwin to be his campaign manager. Most recently, Chatwin worked as an aide to Nevada Senator John Ensign. Chatwin also worked for the 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns of John McCain. Chatwin’s legislative background should be helpful to the Gibbons campaign.
In a press release announcing the addition of Chatwin, Gibbons said, “I’m pleased to add Brian to our growing team. He possesses the professionalism and experience to manage a successful campaign against an entrenched incumbent,” said Jim Gibbons. In the past few weeks as I have been talking to folks around the district, the message I hear is that Washington is broken. Leonard Boswell has stopped voting for Iowa values and instead votes in lock-step with Nancy Pelosi to help Washington special interests and inside-the-beltway lobbyists. I am running for Congress to bring Iowa values to Congress and empower Iowans recapture the American dream.”
Chatwin was in Iowa last week and attended the Gibbons fundraiser held by Denny Elwell. Chatwin said, “I am thrilled to be working for a candidate like Jim. He has the drive and determination to win this election, and I am proud to stand with him in that fight. Leonard Boswell has drifted far away from the values and principles of his constituents. At a time when the country is hurting financially, Boswell continues to pile on taxes upon taxes to finance Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda. As the next Congressman from the Iowa’s Third District, Jim is committed to ending this reckless spending and will bring responsible governing back to Congress.”
As it currently stands, five Republicans are vying for the chance to run against Congressman Boswell this fall. Four of the five candidates have not held elected office before. Only Brad Zaun has been a public office holder.
With so many candidates seeking the Republican nomination, the need to build a district-wide grassroots organization becomes even more important. With the addition of a campaign manager to Gibbons’ campaign, it is obvious that Gibbons laying the groundwork to build the network needed for a highly contested primary.
Brad Zaun has also added staff to his congressional effort. His political director is Tom Clegg. Clegg is an author and church consultant. Zaun has secured the services of Victory Enterprises, a political firm located in Davenport. Victory Enterprises has worked on numerous congressional campaigns in Iowa including, Mike Whalen (1st CD 2006), Stan Thompson (3rd CD 2002 and 2004), and Brent Siegrist (5th CD 2002).
Dave Funk, a candidate who has emerged from the Iowa Tea Party movement, has secured the services of Operation Red State, a Des Moines based on-line strategy and political consulting firm.
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