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January 19th, 2010

Boswell Struggles to Collect Polk County Signatures

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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mental healthCongressman Leonard Boswell has had to squelch rumors that he may retire from his third congressional seat in Iowa. Boswell and Iowa Democrats have been quick to say that the seven term congressman will indeed run for another term.

Now that Boswell is willing to run, it seems as if he is having trouble getting enough signatures to place his name on the ballot in Polk County. Boswell has placed an ad on Craig’s List looking for workers to gather signatures.

Third District Republican congressional candidate Jim Gibbons thinks that Boswell having to pay for signatures is a bad omen. “I have been encouraged by the overwhelming grass roots support that has come to my campaign,” said Gibbons. “It is disappointing to see that a sitting Congressman has to rely on paying for signatures to get his name on the Iowa ballot. This could be a signal of things to come for Mr. Boswell,” Gibbons concluded.

The Boswell ad reads:

Local political campaign is seeking people to help in gathering signatures for nomination petitions for upcoming election. Work is very flexible and pays $2 per valid signature. In need of help now through February 15th. Please call Hugh at 515.473.4567 or e-mail [email protected] for more information. Polk County only.

• Location: Polk County
• Compensation: 2 dollars per valid signature
• This is a part-time job.
• This is a contract job.
• This is at a non-profit organization.
• Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
• Phone calls about this job are ok.
• Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

The ad has been running on Craig’s List since December 30th.

In 2006, Republican Congressman Jim Leach struggled to collect the necessary signatures in Iowa’s 2nd District. Leach, a 30 year incumbent, was defeated that fall by Dave Loebsack, who, ironically, had to be nominated at his district convention because he failed to collect enough signatures.

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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