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October 28th, 2010

Excitement Builds Around Ben Lange’s Campaign

The excitement surrounding Ben Lange’s campaign was on display Tuesday night at the Scott County Republican Party’s Annual Ronald Reagan Dinner.  As Lange was announced, the crowd of over 450 people sprung to their feet to welcome him.  Before beginning his remarks, Lange thanked the people in Scott County for believing in him before anybody else did and said that their support will lead him to victory on Tuesday.

He then launched into his critique of Braley.  He reminded people about Braley’s record of supporting Obamacare, government bailouts, and voting to raise the nation’s debt ceiling five times.  Lange then said, “We all know his record. He’s made his bed, and now he has to lie in it.”

Lange then criticized Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for his comments about the 1st District race.  Van Hollen told The Hill, “We’re going to war in that district’s race.

Lange smiled and welcomed Van Hollen to eastern Iowa.

He then remind people that another east coast resident was on his way to the district, Vice President Joe Biden.  At this point, someone in the crowd blurted, “bring him on.”  Lange then recognized that all the visits and all the money that the DCCC is going to spend is just an acknowledgement of how far his campaign has come.

He ended his remarks by saying, “This race with Bruce Braley will come down to inches.  You know this is worth fighting for.  I’m asking for you to kick, scratch and crawl with me these final days.  If you do that, we will absolutely win this,” Lange concluded.

Lange was given no chance at winning his race against Congressman Bruce Braley, but he has turned out to be an exceptional candidate.  Lange has also kept things simple.  For instance, his television and web ads feature him speaking directly into the camera while sitting on his front porch.  He’s also limited his campaign to just talking about Obamacare, cap and trade, stimulus, and the national debt.  Focusing on just a handful to big issues is smart for a challenger like Lange.

Lange has given 1st District Republicans a candidate who they can believe in.  With Vice President Biden coming into help Braley at the last minute, Democrats must believe in Lange’s ability to win the seat as well.  This will be a race to keep your eye on next Tuesday night.

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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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