Get ready for a long and nasty Republican gubernatorial primary campaign. The latest attack is once again aimed squarely at Chris Rants. Someone is accusing Rants of leaving the Republican House Majority Fund with $200,000 in debt. My favorite Des Moines Register reporter, Jason Clayworth, has the story.
What I don’t quite understand is where Jason is getting his numbers. His story says Rants left the HMF with $200k in debt, but nowhere is that debt disclosed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. So the real question that needs to be answered is who is Clayworth’s source? Someone had to talk to Clayworth, and it’s likely that that person is affiliated with one of Rants’ competitors.
I actually think it’s a pretty weak attack, and I find it odd that the Des Moines Register would run a story that they can’t confirm, but I guess this is the same news outlet that took Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s opposition research book and printed it, so at least they are consistent.
The funny thing about this whole situation is that, while Rants is no longer the Republican Leader in the Iowa House, the entire HMF apparatus and staff remain intact today. New leader Kraig Paulsen has guided the day-to-day operation since late 2007, and the HMF has had the same director during that time as well. If there was or is any debt, they would know about it, because they were involved in those decisions.
To be honest, this doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal, but Jason Clayworth got played by one of Rants’ opponents. What crappy “reporting.”
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