I didn’t post yesterday, so you can all just call me an idiot. Sorry, but the last thing I wanted to do yesterday was sit inside and write something. The golf course beckoned!
Here is what’s on my mind today.
Now we expect Branstad to raise all sorts of money, but I find his latest numbers to be impressive. First of all, Branstad raised more than he did in his initial fundraising period. Typically candidates raise the most money right out of the gate. That’s good news for Branstad. Secondly, his $1.2 million cash on hand means that he can drown out his opponents if he feels its necessary.
That is doubtful to occur since Vander Plaats is not running TV or radio ads. Does anyone else find it ironic that by this time in the 2006 Democratic gubernatorial primary Ed Fallon had run three different TV ads? Fallon only raised just over $300k for his entire gubernatorial campaign, while Vander Plaats raised nearly $600k last year.
I’ve seen a lot of things over the years, but claiming that your opponent is trying to capitalize getting his heart tinkered on a month before the primary is odd. I kind of understand what the Vander Plaats campaign is trying to do, but they just didn’t do a very good job of doing it.
We all know that Branstad’s Lt. Governor pick was Joy Corning. She was awful and Vander Plaats is wise to keep dinging him on who is running mate would be. I just can’t understand for the life of me why they felt the need to say that Branstad is capitalizing on his heart procedure.
Once again the Des Moines Register is publishing the salaries of the top paid executives of Iowa publically traded companies. Now I’ll admit I love to see how much these guys make as much of the next guy. Like many I scratch my head and wonder what the heck I could spend a yearly compensation package of a million bucks on let alone $11 million.
The reason why I hate stories like these is because it’s all about class warfare. This fits perfectly with the Register’s liberal positions too. I can just hear what all the women of the Register (lets pray to God Maxim never goes there) were cackling about yesterday. “Who is worth making $11 million a year?” “Think of how many Becky Greenwalds we could elect with that kind of money.”
Maybe the Register should do an article of the 10 highest paid Gannett executives.
I don’t understand why Culver launched his campaign yesterday in Des Moines when tomorrow the Vice President will be in Cedar Rapids to tell us what a “big #@&*ing deal” Culver’s reelection is going to be. I’m sure Culver’s campaign team thought they could get two bites of the apple by having an event in Des Moines followed by the Biden event, but yesterday’s even just sucked. Or at least it looked that way on the news. I guess we can’t expect much from the Culver team, I mean this is the third or fourth stringers.
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