With the redistricting map now guaranteed to pass, the reality of the map means that some Iowa lawmakers will have to relocate or face off against another member of their own political party.
Am I the only one that finds it a bit odd that a state legislator would move so that he/she could keep their $25,000 or so year gig? I think it tells you how good the benefits are. Anyway, there are now some interesting properties on the market. In an effort to speed up the relocation process, I’ve will also offer my restate services to those looking to move.
State Senator Pat Ward
Looking for over 6000 square feet of living space in West Des Moines? Sen. Pat Ward’s home might be what you are looking for. Ward purchased her home in 2006 for a million bucks, but now must sell it in order to avoid facing Sen. Matt McCoy, a Democrat, in next fall’s election.
Ward is likely to move to Senate District 22, a seat that currently doesn’t have a sitting senator representing it. Ward might have to downsize a bit since Waukee doesn’t have many million-dollar homes on the market. I did find this one for just $779,000.00. The listing says that it’s assessed for $926,370, looks like a great deal if she can get her current house sold!
Congressman Dave Loebsack
Loebsack announced that he would move out of Linn County so fast you might have thought he was a Republican. Loebsack is leaving behind his 1900 square feet home that’s assessed at $124,000. After seeing his shack, I now understand why he is unable to tweet; I don’t think his house has an Internet connection. I’m told that the nasty chair on the front porch is included in the deal.
The good news for the Loeb is that there are plenty of homes in the Iowa City area at his price point. I think I have a winner, wait till you hear about this.
“Great 3 bedroom ranch home with newer windows, furnace, central air and roof. Hardwood flooring under carpet in the living room, master bedroom and 3rd bedroom. Large kitchen has new brushed nickel light fixtures, dining area and newer refrigerator. Updated full bathroom. Fenced backyard with patio and storage shed. Great location with schools, shopping and bus lines within walk distance. Attached 1-car garage. All appliances stay and home is available for quick possession!”
Did you hear that Dave? Quick possession!!!! Plus you probably only have one care anyway and you can store your bicycle in the kitchen like every other liberal I know!
Call me; let’s check this place out!!!
Congressman Tom Latham
Latham is going to have to give up a home that he purchased in 2006 in Ames. By the looks of things, Latham had a nice pad in Ames. Loebsack’s place makes its look like a presidential palace. Anyway, Latham will have plenty of options at the $300k price point, but unfortunately he’s probably not going to be able to swing getting a place like Pat Ward’s. Latham also has some flexibility as he could move to Polk or Dallas County.
As you guys know, I’m a problem solver. So if Christie Vilsack is stupid enough to run for Congress against Steve King, she’s going to need a house, so maybe she and Tom could buy the Latham residence. I’m sure she’s going to get some fake job at Iowa State if she does run in the 4th CD, so she would be close to work. The thought of her getting a “job” at Iowa State (i.e. paid by tax dollars) makes me sick.
State Representative Stewart Iverson
The media reported that Iverson was thrown into a district with Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer and Rep. Rayhons. While accurate, Iverson was actually thrown in with three other state representatives. Iverson, who bought a townhome in Ankeny after getting elected, is also in Kevin Koester’s district, giving Iverson lots of options.
I’ve heard a number of people suggest that Iverson would return to the Senate, but the ethics rules over there are though, and he would not be allowed to pocket $8k a month from a presidential candidate like he did with Romney. How else do you think he can afford a condo and a lake house?
Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer
I’m told Linda is looking for a realtor in Clear Lake. That makes a lot of sense. The Clear Lake open district is great for Republicans. Her only problem is going to be affording a house on Clear Lake. Her current home is assessed at $185k, and you can’t sniff a place on the water for that.
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