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October 15th, 2012

The Love Story Behind The Boswell Attacks

In a debate last week, Congressman Tom Latham asked Congressman Leonard Boswell when he had last run a positive campaign ad.  Boswell avoided answering the question, probably because he either knows the answer and is embarrassed by it, or he honestly doesn’t remember because it’s been so long.

Iowans have grown accustomed to Boswell’s negative campaigning.  While going negative has helped Boswell defeat tough Republican opponents in Stan Thompson, Jeff Lamberti, and Brad Zaun, it’s hard to believe that an eight-term Congressman doesn’t have any accomplishments that he would want to tell voters about.

If Boswell’s personal attacks were not bad enough, he and the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) have run some inaccurate ads that anyone with a conscience would have trouble airing.  Earlier this month, reported that the ad featuring Lynne Carter of Winterset was misleading because the job she blamed Latham from losing was in Florida, not Iowa.  The ad was also inaccurate because Latham never voted to give government contracts to companies that outsource jobs to other countries.

Now the DCCC is running an ad against Latham that features Randy Parcell, who is also from Winterset.  It’s more than a coincidence that both Parcell and Carter are both from Winterset.   According to Facebook, Randy is in a relationship with Lynne.  It seems as if Lynne and James are the modern day Bonnie and Clyde of DCCC attack ads.

While the two DCCC Iowa lovers blame Latham for everything under the sun, one has to wonder if he is responsible for bringing the two of them together.

Boswell and the DCCC should be ashamed of themselves for running these ads against Latham.  It’s pathetic.


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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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