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June 11th, 2010

Democrats Line Up Challenger for Vaudt

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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Iowa Democrats are set to nominate Jon Murphy, a government bureaucrat, as their nominee for State Auditor.

Murphy is claiming that Republican State Auditor Dave Vaudt is playing partisan politics and not being the true taxpayer watchdog the people deserve. Murphy recently told the Des Moines Register, “Yet instead of providing leadership and acting as a true taxpayer’s watchdog, the incumbent auditor has been the GOP’s primary attack dog.”

Murphy’s attacks on Vaudt are laughable. Vaudt has warned Governor Culver repeatedly about the state’s budgeting practices, use of one-time funds to balance the books, and huge budget gaps that state government would ultimately have to contend with.

Governors Vilsack and Culver dismissed Vaudt’s warnings and we now know that he was correct in warning the people of Iowa.

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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