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April 19th, 2010

Gibbons Continues to Grab National Attention

Gibbons RTLThird District Congressional candidate Jim Gibbons continues gain national attention for his campaign against seven-term incumbent Congressman Leonard Boswell. A few months ago, the NRCC listed Gibbons as part of the “Young Gun” program when they listed his campaign as “On the Radar.” Now the NRCC has elevated his status to “Contender.”

Gibbons told, “I am honored to be recognized by the NRCC. This recognition is the result of hard work, not only raising money but building a grassroots organization, a top quality campaign structure, and a strategy to beat Leonard Boswell in November.”

While some of his opponents scoff at the NRCC’s designation, they feel that they should stay out of the race until the primary is over, Gibbons should be commended for meeting the requirements of the Young Gun program.

Knocking off an incumbent member of Congress is never easy. It is of critical importance that whoever wins the primary has the ability to do the necessary things to get the NRCC to invest in the Iowa 3rd Congressional race. Thus far, Gibbons is the only one who has been able to do that.

Below is the press release from the NRCC.

Jim Gibbons Reaches ‘Contender’ Status

Iowa Republican Takes Critical Second Step in ‘Young Guns’ Program

Washington- The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced today that Republican Jim Gibbons (IA-03) has reached ‘Contender’ status as part of its Young Guns program. ‘Contender’ status is the second step in the three-level program, with Gibbons now facing a new set of benchmarks to reach ‘Young Gun’ status in his bid to unseat incumbent and loyal lapdog Democrat Leonard Boswell.

Founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program is a member-driven organization dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide. By achieving ‘Contender’ status, Gibbons has already proven his ability to build a successful campaign structure and achieve vital fundraising goals.

“Jim Gibbons has already proven that he will be a formidable candidate by meeting the Young Guns program’s rigorous goals and is well on his way to building a winning campaign that will put this seat in the Republican column,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX).
“Jim is part of a strong and growing pool of candidates who are frustrated with the Democrat majority’s big-government ways and aren’t willing to stand by any longer. His campaign has put Congressional Democrats on notice that Americans are ready to turn the page on the failed experiment known as the Obama-Pelosi agenda.”

Gibbons has a distinguished record of success both on and off the mat, but he is best known for his involvement with Iowa State’s wrestling program, where he was a three time All American wrestler. After winning the NCAA’s title in his weight class in 1981, Gibbons transitioned to coach, leading the Cyclones to the 1987 national championship. Under his leadership, the Cyclones have produced 33 All Americans, 7 individual NCAA champions and several top four team performances. Gibbons remains active in the wrestling community by volunteer with various youth wrestling programs.

While already having achieved certain benchmarks to place him on the road to victory, Jim Gibbons now faces a new set of rigorous goals that will elevate him to the top level of the Young Guns program and help him build a competitive, effective and winning campaign.

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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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