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. TheIowaRepublican.com will provide full coverage of the proceedings.
- BREAKING: Former Obama Staffer Busted for Stealing Iowa Secretary of State’s Identity (theiowarepublican.com)
- Link Strategies’ Dirty Deeds and Deep Ties to Top Democrats (theiowarepublican.com)
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