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May 26th, 2010

Rathje Takes Aim at Miller-Meeks

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.

About the Author

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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