April 27th, 2010

Jim Gibbons – Reality Star?

Jim Gibbons IPFIn 1992, MTV put of a group of twenty year-old strangers is a house with a bunch of cameras and called it The Real World. The show was an instant hit, and thus reality TV was born. Since that time, we have grown accustomed to other realty shows like the Amazing Race, Survivor, and American Idol.

Even the Discovery and History Channels have gotten into the reality TV business. Who would have thought that watching a father and son build motorcycles would garner a respectable TV audience, let alone make the characters celebrities? I guess it was just a matter of time before we were exposed to a political reality show.

It’s a natural fit, and a new conservative network that is just about to launch will feature 3rd District Congressional candidate Jim Gibbons on a reality show. The people at the Right Network have followed Gibbons around, and he is also his own video camera to record his experiences on the campaign trail. It will be interesting to see what he all records.

Gibbons told that during the county conventions, he went to a wrong location. Instead of walking into a Republican convention, he stumbled into professional wrestling fight. No word on if he took to the mat.

Likewise, it will be interesting to see the highlights and lowlights of the campaign though the lens of his own camera. Obviously, Gibbons has succeeded in raising money for his campaign. It could be interesting to see his reaction to the news that he outraised his opponents, including Leonard Boswell in his first report.

Likewise, it was probably difficult listening to a radio show host discuss his residency in the district recently. If you listened to the WHO Radio yesterday, Steve Deace took calls on the issue for an hour and made it seem as if Gibbons tried to hide the fact that he recently moved into the district. It was odd that this issue was not addressed with Gibbons directly during one of Deace’s ongoing interviews with Gibbons on his radio program.

As someone who has covered the race, I’ve seen Gibbons be asked the residency question for months now. I don’t understand why anyone who is following this race as part of their job thinks this is something that is just being discovered now. Charlotte Eby of Lee Newspapers wrote about Gibbons moving into the district in early December. So much for Gibbons being cute and trying to hide it.

The Right Network debuts this summer and has a diverse investor group including Kelsey Grammar, who will also possibly appear in programming, in addition to being an investor. Below are some videos of the reality show that will feature Gibbons. The first is the preview of the show called “Running.” The second video is a segment of the show that features Gibbons.

Photo by Dave Davidson

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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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