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February 11th, 2010

Former Speaker Denny Hastert to Stump for Gibbons

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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dennis-hastertFormer United States Speaker of the House Denny Hastert is headed to Des Moines to help 3rd Congressional District candidate Jim Gibbons. Hastert, a former High School wrestling star, will headline a fundraising event for Gibbons that is being hosted by former Congressman Greg Ganske.

Ganske is the last Republican to represent the Congressional District that includes Des Moines. Ganske, who is also a former wrestler, has a history of being a prolific fundraiser. Ganske’s early endorsement of Gibbons should open a lot of doors for Gibbons in the primary.

Below is the press release that the Gibbons campaign sent out about Hastert’s visit:

Jim Gibbons, Republican candidate for Congress in Iowa’s Third Congressional District, announced on Tuesday that former Congressman Greg Ganske will hold a fundraiser for Gibbons at his home on March 17, 2010. This event will feature former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert.

When asked about the fundraiser for Jim Gibbons, Congressman Ganske said, “In 1994 when I beat 36-year incumbent Congressman Neal Smith to help Republicans take back the House of Representatives, it was time for a change. It’s almost like déjà vu all over again. Speaker Hastert and I are hosting this event for Jim to help him win his primary and then beat Congressman Boswell.”

Jim Gibbons added, “I am truly honored to stand next to two great men like Congressman Greg Ganske and Speaker Dennis Hastert. I am grateful for their willingness to help me build a foundation that will help me win this election.

Congressman Greg Ganske was the last Republican to represent the Des Moines area in Congress, serving from 1995-2003. Speaker Dennis Hastert represented the Illinois 14th Congressional District from 1987-2007. He was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1999-2007. During the last fundraising quarter, Gibbons raised over $207,000, outpacing embattled incumbent Democrat Congressman Leonard Boswell, who raised $169,000.

Read more about the Jim Gibbons for Congress campaign at

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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