OTTUMWA, Iowa – President Obama’s highly unusual three-city swing through southeast Iowa on the heels of a late March visit to Iowa City underscores the Democrat Party’s fear that Rep. David Loebsack will be defeated in November, Republican congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks said today.
“They know David Loebsack is in deep, deep political trouble because he’s betrayed his constituents. Never has a president expended so much taxpayer money in such a short amount of time to prop up a member of Congress. It doesn’t matter why he claims to be here or what he says when he’s here, Barack Obama’s actions speak far louder than words. And, what they say is that David Loebsack is very vulnerable in November,” Miller-Meeks said. “Why else would the President of the United States be compelled to visit not one, not two, not three but four cities in eastern Iowa in a month’s time?”
She added, “I’m just waiting for the T-shirts to go on sale: Barack Obama’s 2010 ‘Save David Loebsack’s Political Career” Tour. They’ll be a hot commodity but I don’t think they’ll be printed just yet because something tells me the Democrats are going to add a few more tour stops before the general election rolls around. Unfortunately for David Loebsack, the voters of the Second District are tired of his tune of more spending, more government debt, big bailouts for Wall Street and a federal takeover of our health-care system.”
Noting that voters and local officials alike have questioned the president’s choice of Ottumwa, Miller-Meeks pointed out that Loebsack lost Wapello County to her in the 2008 general election even as Obama won 55 percent of the vote. “The president seems to hope he’ll have longer coattails for David Loebsack than he did in 2008. He shouldn’t count on it,” she said.
Miller-Meeks also said the president’s visit to area is likely to cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars that would be better spent on revitalizing the district’s manufacturing sector that experienced years of job losses.
“The personnel, equipment and logistics that go into one presidential stop are mind-boggling, let alone this visit to Fort Madison, Mount Pleasant and Ottumwa that also brings in Des Moines as a base of operations. Had they not busted the budget by passing their massive takeover of the health-care system they wouldn’t have had to spend even more taxpayer dollars today to prop up David Loebsack,” she said. “The White House is claiming this is a tour about economic policy. In reality, it’s all about more business-as-usual politics from David Loebsack and this administration. It’s time for a change, and that’s what I’ll deliver.”
Mariannette Miller-Meeks grew up poor and was one of eight children within a military family. Her father served in the U.S. Air Force and worked three jobs to help put food on the table. Mariannette, learning those values of hard work, put herself through college and medical school with part-time jobs, and by serving her country for more than 20 years as a U.S. Army nurse and doctor. She eventually reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. As an eye doctor, Mariannette taught medical students at the Universities of Michigan and Iowa, rose to become President of the Iowa Medical Society, and eventually joined a medical practice in Ottumwa. Despite resigning from her practice last year to focus full-time on running for Congress, Mariannette continues to volunteer her time and medical expertise helping Iowa families struggling to afford health care. She and her husband Curt have been married for over 25 years and have two college-aged children.
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