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, TheIowaRepublican.com 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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