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October 2nd, 2012

Devastatingly Inaccurate

By Craig Robinson

A couple days ago, the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee began airing an ad against Congressman Tom Latham titled, “Devastating.”

The ad features Lynne Carter of Winterset, Iowa.  Carter tells a tail about her job being shipped overseas.  She says that some people were literally left out in the cold with no retirement or health benefits.  To make matters worse, Carter says that she was forced to train her replacement from India.

Carter then blames it all on Congressman Tom Latham.

There is just one problem: Carter probably didn’t have a clue who Tom Latham was when she lost her job.  You see, Lynn Carter lost her job when she was working in Florida, not Iowa as the ad makes it seem. Even worse, the vote that the DCCC mistakenly claims Latham took to “outsource” her job took place six years after the company closed after being purchased by a Texas company.

The ad claims that, “Latham voted to keep giving government contracts to companies that outsource our jobs.”  However, the vote they cite is a motion to recommit on a non-binding resolution.  Neither the motion to recommit nor the underlying bill it applied to could do anything to affect government contracts at all, let alone “keep giving government contracts to companies that outsource our jobs.”

Iowans have come to expect the worse from Congressman Leonard Boswell and his friends at the DCCC when it comes to campaign ads, but their latest attempt at smearing Congressman Latham is a new low.  While the Boswell campaign continues to scrape the bottom of the barrel for attacks on Tom Latham, Iowans are still wondering if Leonard Boswell will ever run a positive ad about his own accomplishments.

Below is the DCCC ad blaming Latham for something that occurred in Florida that he had nothing to do with.

What: DCCC/Boswell Says… “When our jobs were shipped overseas, some people were literally left out in the cold.”

Truth: Woman in the ad (Lynne Carter) worked for a company called Excell Agent Services that was located in Brevard County, Florida – that closed in 2004/2005 was bought by a Texas-based company in January 2005 (see below). It was never located in Iowa. She is from Florida – her parents still live there.

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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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