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May 10th, 2010

Rathje Releases New TV Ad: Compete not Retreat

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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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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