The Republican primary in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District is about to get interesting. Steve Rathje is out with a negative ad that attacks Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, the 2008 nominee and presumed frontrunner in the race. Rathje’s ad brings up Miller-Meeks’ poor performance against Loebsack in 2008. Loebsack won that election 57% to 38%.
The ad is obviously intended to weaken Miller-Meeks’ support across the district. Since Miller-Meeks is not running television ads, there is a chance that the attack will go unanswered. Rathje finished in third place for Republican nomination for the US Senate. That means that Rathje might not be the ideal candidate in the race to be attacking Miller-Meeks on this issue, but its not likely that his opponents will spend much time attacking him.
If Miller-Meeks remains steadfast in her position not to run TV ads during the primary, her opponents could have free rein to attack her on a number of issues. The unspoken rule in politics is to never let an attack of your record go unanswered. It will be interesting to see if Miller-Meeks responds, and it will be equally interesting to see how much the Rathje campaign can spend to get this message out to the voters.
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