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May 19th, 2010

Branstad Target’s Culver in New TV Ad

The Branstad campaign is out with yet another new television ad. This time instead of talking about Branstad’s record, the ad targets Governor Culver’s record of fiscal mismanagement and corruption.

The Democratic Governor’s Association was quick to point out that Branstad’s new ad is similar to the one that Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels ran in his 2008 reelection campaign. While the similarities are obvious, there is one huge difference. The Daniels ad was a positive ad, promoting what he had accomplished in his first team as governor. Branstad’s ad showcases how poor Culver’s record is.

There is no doubt that the DGA is trying to embarrass Branstad for using a similar ad. if the ad wasn’t effective the DGA wouldn’t be complaining. Let’s also not forget that Daniels was overwhelmingly reelected in a Democratic year.

With Branstad’s main opponent still not advertising on TV or radio, he can afford to focus on Culver’s dismal record. Reminding Republican primary voters who the real bad guy is before the primary isn’t bad either.

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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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