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August 16th, 2012

Lange Decries Politics As Usual, Braley Cancels Visit After Ethics Complaint

Congressional hopeful Ben Lange addressed the Iowa State Fair crowd on Wednesday afternoon with a heavy focus on ousting longtime politicians. Lange painted himself as the underdog in his race against Bruce Braley in the First Congressional District. Lange said politicians like Braley are a huge part of the problems our country faces.

“People are sick of politics as usual,” Lange said. “They’re sick of the same old people that get up there give the same old talk about the same old things, and they haven’t changed anything in years. And now here we have an opportunity in 2012 to be a new generation of leaders in Washington, D.C., and it’s high time we do that.”

Braley, who is considered a future star in the Democratic Party, narrowly defeated Lange two years ago. Lange told TheIowaRepublican prior to his speech that he feels good about his chances in the race. No one believed Lange could defeat Braley two years ago. Now, Lange says, people think it is possible.

In other news from this race, Bruce Braley canceled a workshop scheduled for Cedar Rapids in the wake of an ethics complaint filed against the congressman last week. The event was scheduled using official congressional letterhead and email.

However, Cedar Rapids is not in the congressional district Braley currently represents. The city will be in the new First District after the November elections. So, by scheduling an event there, Braley’s office gave the appearance that it was using official resources for campaign purposes.

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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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