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October 31st, 2012

BUSTED: KCCI Finds Man from Winterset in Boswell Ad Doesn’t Exist

By Craig Robinson

Following up on a story that first reported on in mid-October, KCCI News Channel 8 looked into an ad being run by the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) that features Randy Parcell.

Parcell is described in the ad as a Winterset man who is upset with Congressman Tom Latham.  The only problem is nobody in Winterset knows who he is, and the mayor of Winterset says there are no records of the man in the city or county.

Script from the six o’clock newscast on October 30, 2012

Stacey Horst: “Each day we see dozens of political ads.  Do you ever wonder who the people are in those ads?

Kevin Cooney: “Are they who they claim to be or maybe their just actors? News Channel 8’s Laura Nichols went searching for answers. What did you find out Laura?

Laura Nichols: “Well, every day we are barraged with so many political ads that it’s really hard to know what’s truth and what’s fiction. Today, we found some of both.”

Randy Parcell: “I’ve worked here for 20 years…”

Laura Nichols: “You’ve probably seen this ad. A man named Randy Parcell, who claims to live in Winterset, blames Congressman Tom Latham for of trying to get rid of Medicare.”

Randy Parcell: “Without Medicare I’ll have to work until the day I die.” 

Laura Nichols: “So, who is Randy Parcell? And what Winterset company did he work for?

Winterset Mayor Jim Olson: “Perception is that he is from Winterset and nobody knows him. And I really don’t like that perception.

Laura Nichols: “Mayor Jim Olson has lived in Winterset his entire life, he says he’d never heard of or seen Randy Parcell until he saw the ad air, so he decided to do some checking on his own.”

Winterset Mayor Jim Olson: “He does not have a utility bill, so he is not a service member of the city of Winterset.  He’s not registered to vote in Winterset or Madison County.”

Laura Nichols: “The Randy Parcell portrayed in the ad doesn’t seem to exist in Winterset.”

Winterset Mayor Jim Olson: “It’s really frustrating now is that the guy is making a political ad and is not even registered to vote.”

Laura Nichols: “KCCI called the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee to try to get some answers. A spokesperson wouldn’t tell us what company Parcell claims to work for in the ad, or where he lives, citing privacy reasons.”

When KCCI searched for the people featured in Congressman Latham’s advertisements, they found that they actually were residents in the towns that the ads said they were from.


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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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