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September 5th, 2012
 

Harkin Again Shows How Out of Touch He is With Iowans

Hardly a day goes by that Senator Chuck Grassley isn’t making noise in Washington D.C. or back home in Iowa.

Grassley’s latest cause is Iowan Richard Eggers, a Wells Fargo employee who lost his job a couple weeks ago because of a new government regulation.  Eggers, a 68 year-old, was let go from his job for something he did when he was 19 years old.  Talk about government run-a-muck.

While we have become accustomed to Senator Grassley weighing in on everything from what Mr. Eggers is dealing with to the Fast and Furious scandal that involves Obama Administration, Iowa’s other U.S. Senator only makes headlines when he opens his big mouth to insult a political opponent.

Senator Tom Harkin is in rare form this week in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Democratic National Convention.  Harkin told Iowa delegates on Tuesday that he thinks Mitt Romney is from Mars.

“In fact, every time I see Mitt Romney, I think about that little rover Curiosity on Mars. He’s more suited as Robot Romney to be driving on Mars than he is being a candidate for president of the United States.”

Harkin also took time to blast Clint Eastwood for his remarks to the Republican National Convention.  Harkin said Eastwood reminded him of the typical Tea Party supporter, an “angry old white man.”  It’s too bad we don’t have two senators who go to Washington to represent Iowa.  Harkin sounds more like a party mouthpiece that people despise than an elected representative of the people of Iowa.

Maybe that explains the findings of a recent Public Policy Poll that shows Harkin is in serious trouble if he runs for re-election in 2014.  The poll shows Harkin with a 44 to 38 approve/disapprove rating.  To put that in perspective, Grassley currently has a 54 to 30 approve/disapprove rating.  The poll also showed that Harkin leads a generic Republican by only two points, 45 percent to 43 percent.  Seems like Iowans might be fed up with Harkin’s antics.

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, 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 TheIowaRepublican.com 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, TheIowaRepublcian.com. 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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