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June 8th, 2011

Presidential Caucuses Make For Strange Bedfellows

By Craig Robinson

In her short legislative career, State Representative Kim Pearson has made a name for herself by blocking a late term abortion bill that a majority in the pro-life community desperately wants to see passed.  Pearson argued that the measure to prevent a well known late-term abortionist from opening a practice in the state did nothing to protect innocent life.  She believed that the bill gave tacit permission to kill babies before the 20th week of pregnancy.

Even before her first term began, the freshman legislator made headlines when she suggested that the Iowa Supreme Court Justices who remained following November’s retention elections should be impeached.  Pearson, who ultimately did file articles of impeachment against the four remaining judges, did so base entirely on the court’s decision in Varnum v. Brien, the case that struck down Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act.

Yesterday, Pearson announced that she was supporting Congressman Ron Paul for president, a move that undermines many of the positions she has taken during her first year in office.  While Pearson wanted to impeach the justices for their decision in the Varnum case, Congressman Paul has said that the judges had every right to rule as they did on the case.

In March, when a reporter asked Paul if the Iowa Supreme Court had the right to rule the way it did in the Varnum case, Paul said, “I defend that constitutionally.” When the reporter clarified his question and asked a follow up, Paul added, “Oh yeah, oh sure, every state has that right.”  When another reporter asked Paul about his position on the issue of gay marriage Paul stated, “It’s a personal, spiritual matter and individuals should make that determination.”

Pearson is also at odds with Paul on the issue of abortion.  As mentioned above, Pearson blocked a bill that would have prevented late-term abortions in Iowa after the 20th week of pregnancy.  Paul, on the other hand, somewhat reluctantly supported the late term abortion ban in Congress.

Paul and Person are on the same page on how to handle the issue, but the difference lies in how they apply their standard when it comes time to vote.  Pearson blocked and voted against the effort to pass pro-life legislation, while Paul supported it.  In a speech on the floor of the House, Paul said that he “he decided to err on the side of life.”  Pearson did not.

Paul also has a number of other positions that would normally turn off a social conservative.  Paul voted against a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.  He believes that states can legalize gay marriage if they so choose.  He even supports a state’s right to legalize prostitution, as well as drugs like marijuana, cocaine and heroin.

Pearson isn’t the only one of the three controversial freshmen who fought against the late term abortion bill,  called for the impeachment of four Iowa Supreme Court Justices, and now supports a candidate who seems diametrically opposed to those positions.  Last week, Rep. Glen Massie also endorsed Paul’s campaign.

Like Paul, Pearson and Massie both claim that they want to strictly adhere to the Constitution.  However, when it comes to the social issues that they both have focused on throughout their first term, Paul’s record stands in opposition to everything they have fought for.

Paul on Iowa Supreme Court Ruling

Paul on other social issues during 2012 Fox News Debate

Photo by Dave Davidson

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About the Author

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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