Odd: The handful of people who criticized me for my article about Jim Anderson yesterday.
Here is what I don’t understand. People are demanding transparency from their government, but when I shed a little light on what’s going on over at the Republican Party of Iowa, some people get bent out of shape. I know that I make people uncomfortable, but somebody has to do it.
Let me ask you a few questions.
- Would it be better if the State Central Committee didn’t know Mr. Anderson was fired by RNC?
- Is it better to learn about his past transgressions before he is hired or after?
I think Iowa Republicans have lost their way. In some ways, I think there is this attitude that the State Central Committee serves the Chairman, and what he says goes. But don’t both the members of the State Central Committee and Chairman of the party actually represent Republicans across the state?
All I wanted to accomplish in yesterday’s article was to educate the central committee members about Mr. Anderson before they actually cast a vote. That’s not being mean, evil, or vindictive, that’s what should be done with most hires.
End: What must it feel like if you are Dave Funk?
One day you are the lone candidate running in the 3rd besides that one guy with the earring, then all of a sudden Brad Zaun and Jim Gibbons enter the race and the media goes crazy. Funk is a nice guy, but I think he’s going to get lost in this primary.
Odd: Why can’t I find any Iowa news coverage of Congressman Loebsack filing an ethics complaint against Congressman Bruce Braley? Here is a blurb from the Huffington Post.
An ethics memo, first obtained by the Washington Post, describes how a staffer from the office of Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) called the ethics committee to find out if a fellow member of Congress broke the rules by encouraging a Loebsack constituent to call his office to influence a vote.
Loebsack’s office and others apparently received calls from constituents goaded by other members’ offices. The document says that fellow Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley’s office “apparently had made the calls.” (Though the report initially says the encouragement came in the form of an email.)
The committee advised that trying to get another member’s constituents to call the office and demand a vote sounds “like it might violate both the Franking rules and the rule that Members should not be providing guidance on how to lobby Congress.”
Now if two Republican glare at each other the Register will spend 15 days on it. I mean what will it take for the traditional media to cover this. Braley would have to probably drop the N-bomb like Jack Hatch did, wait… That’s not newsworthy either.
End: Of college football 🙁
Odd: Chris Rants and Jonathan Narcisse are holding a series of debates across the state.
They got some pretty good news coverage when they announced their plan to debate each other, but I have yet to see one news story about the actual debates. It’s an embarrassment thus far. They were in Davenport on Wednesday and the Quad City Times didn’t cover it, and last night they were in Ankeny, and I have not seen anything yet.
End: That’s all folks.
Have a good weekend, I might update you guys on the SCC meeting.
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