Second District congressional candidate Steve Rathje will begin airing a TV ad this week. The 30-second ad entitled, “Compete,” features Rathje talking about jobs. Rathje is the CEO of International Procurement Services, a company that works with American companies to find U.S. suppliers and manufacturers instead of using Mexican or Chinese vendors.
Rathje is the first candidate to take to the airwaves in the 2nd Congressional District, but is likely to be joined by Rob Gettemy and Mariannette Miller-Meeks soon. At the end of March, Rathje had just over $55,000 cash-on-hand compared to $76,000 for Miller-Meeks, and $120,816 for Gettemy. TheIowaRepublican.com has learned that Rathje’s TV ad will run on Fox News and KCRG at a cost of $5900 for the week.
The 2nd District race is going to be fascinating to watch. The best-known candidate is Miller-Meeks, who won the Republican nomination by just 214 votes in 2008. Newcomer, Rob Gettemy, has a significant cash-on-hand advantage over Miller-Meeks, but not many people in the district know him yet. He will have to be committed to using all of his campaign cash, most of which came as a personal loan, on radio and TV if he wants to win the nomination.
Rathje, on the other hand, is interesting in his own right. His 2008 primary campaign for the U.S. Senate was a complete failure. While he finished in third place out of a field of three, Rathje did do well in Linn County. In his congressional campaign, he has stressed his business background, something he failed to do in his 2008 campaign. Rathje’s TV ad is well done and highlights his greatest strength as a candidate, his experience in bringing jobs back to America.
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