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July 23rd, 2010

Happy Birthday to Matt Schultz

Matt Schultz, the Republican candidate for Secretary of State, turns 31 years old today.  If elected this fall, Matt would be the youngest person in the state’s history to hold that office.  Matt is an outstanding candidate who is out there campaigning hard to earn the support of all Iowans.

I’m excited about his campaign because unlike our current Secretary of State, Matt is actually talking about things that would make our elections safe and secure.  Asking a voter to produce a photo ID when they go to the polls seems like a common sense thing to do.  Unfortunately, Secretary of State Mauro thinks implementing this simple procedure is unnecessary.

My wife and I recently moved to Polk County.  The June primary was the first time that I had cast a vote in Polk County.  As I drove to my polling site, it dawned on me that while I changed my voter registration, I never took the time to update my driver’s license.  Needless to say, I was nervous about what would happen when I went to vote, especially if I wasn’t on the list of registered voters for some reason.

When I signed in, a very nice lady asked for my name and address, which I gladly told her.  She then asked to produce a photo ID, the lady next to her quickly reminded her that she couldn’t ask me that.  I think it’s scary that anyone that day could have walked in there, said their name was Craig Robinson, provided them my address, and be allowed to vote.

Showing an ID to vote makes perfect sense, so dose having a voter fraud hot-line so people know where to call when they see suspicious activities at polling sites.  That is a nothing thing that Matt Schultz will do after he is elected.  That is why I think voting for Matt on November 2nd, and maybe sending his campaign a contribution on his birthday is also the common sense thing to do.

Happy Birthday Matt.


About the Author

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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