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January 27th, 2012

Matt Whitaker to Represent Zach Edwards

The Associated Press has reported that Des Moines attorney Matt Whitaker is representing Zach Edwards, the man accused of stealing the identity of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Shultz in an effort to falsely implicate Schultz in illegal activity.

Whitaker is a former U.S. Attorney under the Bush Administration. He was the Republican nominee for State Treasurer in 2002. More recently, he served as the Iowa campaign chairman for both Tim Pawlenty’s and Rick Perry’s presidential campaigns and has since supported Mitt Romney.

Edwards is an odd client for the politically ambitious Whitaker. Many Iowa Republicans are disturbed by Edwards’ actions. Many believe that Whitaker is interested in running for office again, but defending a Democrat operative who tried to steal a Republican office holder’s identity would surely become an issue in a primary.

Edwards was employed by Link Strategies, a Democrat-affiliated organization with ties to a number of prominent Democrat elected officials such as Senator Tom Harkin and Congressman Bruce Braley. The firm’s founder, Jeff Link, held a fundraiser for former Iowa Secretary of State Mike Mauro in 2009. Iowa campaign disclosures show that Link contributed $3,033.97 worth of food and beverages to the Mauro campaign. Edwards was the Director of New Media for Link Strategies.

The Associated Press article states that Polk County Attorney John Sarcone laughed off the Republican concerns that Edward’s actions are a dirty trick by Iowa Democrats. Republicans have every right to be concerned. Not only has Link been involved in other questionable political tactics before, but he was also a campaign contributor to Sarcone’s campaign in 2010.

Edwards is set to appear in court on Monday. will provide full coverage of the proceedings.

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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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