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January 26th, 2010

Findley to take on Attorney General Tom Miller

BrennaThe Republican slate of candidates for the June primary is almost set. Republicans have contested primaries for the Governor’s office, Secretary of State’s office, State Treasurer’s Office, and also have heated primaries in the second and third congressional districts. Regardless of the outcome, the Republican ballot in the general election will be strong. The winners of those primaries will join Senator Grassley, Congressmen King and Latham, Secretary of Ag Northey and Auditor Vaudt on the general election ballot.

Everything seems to be in place except for one glaring omission: who will battle incumbent Attorney General Tom Miller?

Enter Brenna Findley. Findley has opened an exploratory campaign for a run to be Iowa’s Attorney General.

Born, raised, and home schooled in Dallas County, Findley graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. Findley worked her way through the Iowa Statehouse and spent the last seven years as Congressman Steve King’s point person in the House Judiciary Committee.

Findley’s candidacy is intriguing on many levels. While all of the other top-of-the-ticket races listed above have captured our interest from time to time, the Attorney General spot has been overlooked. The position is certainly key, however. Iowa’s incumbent Attorney General has given Vilsack and Culver all the cover they needed whenever they tried to stretch Iowa’s constitutional bounds. Especially in the aftermath of last year’s marriage debacle, you would think that conservatives would target the position.

Also involved in this race is a generational dynamic. Brenna Findley is not just the young go-getter up against an incumbent past retirement age. Findley is the rare combination of youth and accomplishment. Findley has spent time in Iowa’s campaign trenches and worked throughout the GOP’s caucus-to-convention process. But, most importantly, Findley has battled the constitution’s demolition crew in the Judiciary Committee in the United States Congress.

For those who are unaware, the Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives is the front line in America’s culture war. Conservatives debate with the loony left like John Conyers, Jerry Nadler, Maxine Waters, and Sheila Jackson Lee each and every day on each and every issue. In this venue, Findley has seen and heard every liberal argument for dismantling the rule of law. Findley has proven she can handle the legal distortions from the best the intellectually challenged Left has to offer.

And then there’s the gender factor. We conservatives could care less whether our Attorney General is male or female, just as long as the Constitution is upheld. But, you know the Des Moines Register sure wants female voices in elected office. And you know it is so much fun to watch the hypocritical liberals tic, twinge, and sputter when they are confronted with a bright, articulate, and conservative female like Brenna Findley.

Findley is the first person in her family to go to college, and went to law school to stand up for the law and Constitution. As King’s Chief of Staff, Findley oversaw King’s six offices, staff, and budget for the 32 county Fifth Congressional District. Congressman King is the only non-lawyer to serve on the Judiciary Committee.

Nomination papers are due in to the Secretary of State on or before March 19th. Findley will need to collect 1,000 signatures, including 50 from at least 10 different counties. Findley circulated petitions at Saturday’s precinct caucuses.

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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