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November 2nd, 2010

Attorney General Tom Miller Wins Re-Election

Tom Miller’s long history in Iowa politics and established name ID was enough to help him survive what could be considered the toughest political challenge he’s faced as Attorney General.

Given the importance of this office Miller’s Republican opponent, Brenna Findley, was able to raise an exceptional amount of money for her campaign.  She was helped along the way with several plugs from Terry Branstad.  Findley’s candidacy was endorsed by Branstad at almost all of his campaign stops which, along with her numerous radio and TV commercials, increased Findley’s name ID very quickly, which was necessary when going up against such an entrenched incumbent.

Findley first worked on introducing herself to the people, but then put the focus of her campaign on Tom Miller’s record, which included letting two violent sex offenders go free thanks to his office missing a deadline, appointing a Culver donor to head a special investigation into fraudulent donations to Culver’s campaign, protecting state administrators who had wasted government money, and accepting almost $100,000 in loans to his campaign from two of his own subordinate employees.

Ultimately, Miller’s name ID won out over Findley’s substance and message.  But if this race was any indication, Miller had better be ready for another tough challenge four years from now.

Photo by Dave Davidson

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, 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 TheIowaRepublican.com 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, TheIowaRepublcian.com. 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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