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July 21st, 2011

Vilsack Running………Late

As sweat dripped off the faces of senior citizens waiting patiently in the 97 degree heat, Christie Vilsack and her family were “freshening up” somewhere nearby.  Vilsack’s third official announcement of her bid for Congress was scheduled to take place at 6:30 at Central Park in Mason City.

“I don’t quite understand why they decided to hold this outside,” said one local Democrat, as the worst heat wave in years forced the cancellation of other outdoor events around the state.  Vilsack was repeatedly late for events during her recent “Listening Tour”.  “I hope she’s not late for this one,” the hopeful lady said at 6:25.  Her hopes were quickly dashed.

Around 100 attendees, many wearing union t-shirts, waited in the oppressive heat for the former First Lady of Iowa to arrive.  At 6:53, 23 minutes after her scheduled arrival time, a member of the Cerro Gordo County Democratic Central Committee told some attendees, “Well, she can’t be too far away because they called a little while ago and asked where would be a good place to take a potty break.”

Vilsack’s campaign staff began to sense the growing impatience, and possibility for heat stroke, among the crowd.  At 7:02, 32 minutes after the event was scheduled to start, they began to pass out water bottles.  Warm water bottles.  Although someone had the foresight to set up a hot dog stand for the event, no one thought it might be a good idea to bring a cooler for beverages.  The heat wave had descended on Iowa days earlier and the high temperatures were not a surprise to anyone.

Finally, at 7:12, 42 minutes late, Vilsack, her husband and two sons arrived in a caravan of air-conditioned SUVs.  She offered no apology for her tardiness, but said she appreciated that the crowd was patient “as we were coming across this district.  It’s a big district.”

That excuse does not hold up when you consider it takes less than 4 hours to travel from Sioux City, the site of her previous stop, to Mason City.  Vilsack’s Sioux City event was scheduled to begin at 1 pm.  Her prepared remarks, which she read from the same script at all three announcements, lasted only 15 minutes.  Even if Vilsack spent an hour In Sioux City, she should have arrived at the Mason City event with a full half-hour to spare.

Although she has already travelled all 39 counties in the new 4th congressional district, Vilsack never answered questions from her would-be constituents prior to Tuesday.  She revealed some of his policy stances for the first time Tuesday.  Not surprisingly, Vilsack agrees with her friend and donor Nancy Pelosi on taxes.  She wants to raise them.

Incredulously, Vilsack claimed in her prepared speech, “I’m not entering this campaign to run against someone”.  Vilsack has never lived in the district she hopes to represent.  She maintains a residence in Mount Pleasant, on the southeast side of the state.  The former Iowa First Lady decided to rent an apartment in Ames specifically to run against Congressman Steve King.

As her husband Tom stood behind her, Vilsack more than once talked disdainfully about “the folks in Washington”.  Former governor Vilsack was appointed by President Obama to be the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.  The Vilsacks reside in Washington, D.C.

Christie Vilsack clearly hopes to paint herself as a moderate, despite her true liberal beliefs.  She never mentioned which party she belonged to, and discussed the need for “compromise” several times.  Her moderate façade does not reflect beliefs of her liberal donors, which include the ultra-liberal Pelosi, along with abortion provider Planned Parenthood, and the pro-abortion Emily’s List organization.

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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