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March 2nd, 2012

Council Bluffs Isn’t Good Enough for Boswell and Pelosi?

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is holding a high-dollar fundraiser for Congressman Leonard Boswell later today.  However, the event isn’t taking place in Washington D.C. or even Des Moines.  Instead, Boswell and Pelosi will travel to Omaha for an event at the Field Club, the oldest country club west of the Mississippi.

Boswell has fended off a number of impressive Republican challengers over the last decade, but due to redistricting he will face his toughest opponent yet when he squares off against Congressman Tom Latham this fall.  Neither Latham nor Boswell have represented southwest Iowa before, and thus it’s odd that Boswell has chosen to host former Speaker Pelosi in Nebraska rather than in his would-be district.

This is not the first time that Boswell has turned his back on the western part of his new congressional district.  On two separate occasions last fall, Congressman Boswell voted against legislation that would have provided important disaster relief funds for counties that experienced devastating flooding from the Missouri River.  Boswell’s inaction was surprising considering that he blasted his 2010 opponent for denying other flood victims government aid.

During this tough economy, one has to wonder why Congressman Boswell is taking his business across the river to Omaha instead of supporting Iowa businesses and workers?  While Council Bluffs doesn’t have exclusive country clubs like the Field Club, there are a number of local restaurants, hotels, and other facilities that I’m sure would have appreciated his business.

The newly redrawn 3rd Congressional District consists of 16 counties and includes Des Moines in the eastern part of the district and Council Bluffs in the west.  Not only did the new district provide Boswell with his toughest opponent ever, the district is also more favorable to Republicans.  The new district has a 6,000-registered voter advantage for Republicans, while Boswell’s current district provided him with a 20,0000-registered Democrat advantage.

Having two sitting congressmen face off against one another is an oddity that really only comes about after the redistricting process.  The Boswell/Latham race will be one of the most watched contests this fall, but Latham is considered the favorite.  Boswell’s decision to take business out of the district to another state only will make things more difficult for him.

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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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