“I wanted to thank you for your continued support over the past few months. We won the primary convincingly, we’ve built a strong organization, and I continue to get my message out through town halls, press interviews, and campaign meetings. Our race is one of the most closely watched in the country, and the respected Cook Political Report just moved our race from “Lean Democrat” to “Toss Up.”
The stakes in this race are very high.
Today, the Des Moines Register reported a story surrounding my personal finances and an unfortunate incident that happened in 2001.
As I have told many people on the campaign trail, I went through some tough financial times as the owner of a small hardware store. Big retailers put tremendous pressure on my store. I made sure to pay my employees before I paid myself. I fell behind on my personal bills, and some medical bills for my kids. I almost lost my house. But I worked hard, paid all my bills, and protected those who meant the most to me: my employees and my family. I did not wait for the government, it was my responsibility.
I shared the same struggles that thousands of voters in the 3rd District are going through right now. They worry about their jobs; they worry about paying their bills; they worry about how to pay for medical bills for their children, themselves, and their parents. I know all too well about those struggles.
In 2001, I was involved in an incident that I remain deeply embarrassed about, and one that reminded me of how my actions can have unintended consequences. It was a terrible use of judgment on my part.
The story ran in today’s Des Moines Register. With my wife Dede at my side yesterday, we sat down with the reporter and tried to give our side of the story. It was a humbling experience, to be sure, but we appreciated the chance to have our side heard.
As I’ve said on the campaign trail, to large audiences and small: I’m not perfect. I’ve made my mistakes, but I’ve tried to learn from them as my parents taught me to do.
I’ve shared the same struggles as thousands of families across our district. I’ve had good times, and I’ve had hard times. Through all of it, my faith, my family and my friends have given me strength.
Going through those struggles has made me a better man. I trust they will also help me be a better Congressman.
Thank you, and God Bless.
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