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March 19th, 2009

The Plagiarizer and the Thief: Vice President Biden Spent a Day with a SEIU Pick-Pocket

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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clemons9The great thing about Iowa is you never know who you will bump into. Marshall Clemons, a custodian at Harding Middle in Cedar Rapids had the opportunity of a lifetime when then-Senator Joe Biden “walked a day in his shoes” in August of 2007. The program was sponsored by the Service Employees International Union to ensure that presidential candidates experience firsthand what life is like for working people.

Marshall Clemons took another interesting walk today, this time in handcuffs and with a couple of state troopers on each arm. Marshall Clemons was arrested today at the Iowa State Capitol for stealing wallets from women. Clemons has been charged with two counts of fifth degree theft and booked into the Polk County Jail. Clemons stole two ladies’ wallets before a lobbyist witnessed him reaching into a friend’s bag and alerted authorities.

Clemons was a personal guest of Vice President Joe Biden at the inauguration. Clemons attended inaugural balls and had a personal tour of the White House with the Vice President himself.

Clemons was at the State Capitol today as part of a labor union contingent. The unions have had difficulty getting their legislative priorities passed despite Democrats holding huge majorities in the Iowa House, Iowa Senate, and having a Democrat Governor in Chet Culver.

For more accounts of Clemons arrest see the following links.

Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson interviews Lieutenant Mark Logsdon, head of the statehouse security. CLICK HERE

Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson Blogs about the Ordeal. CLICK HERE

Des Moines Register Story. CLICK HERE

SEIU’s account of Biden’s day with Clemons. CLICK HERE

SEIU video about his day with Clemons: CLICK HERE










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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