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April 2nd, 2013

Democrats scramble to find opponent to run against Latham

Iowa Democrats are hoping to convince former state Sen. Staci Appel to run against Congressman Tom Latham in 2014.  Appel, who is the wife of an Iowa Supreme Court Justice, lost her re-election bid to state Sen. Kent Sorenson in 2010.  In that race Sorenson crushed Appel 57 percent to 40 percent despite Appel running a nasty campaign against her opponent.

imageRoll Call reported that Democrats view Iowa’s Third Congressional District “as one of their best pick-up opportunities of 2014.”  The 2012 contest pitted two incumbents, Tom Latham and Leonard Boswell against each other after redistricting.  Latham bested Boswell by nine points, despite President Obama’s thumping of Mitt Romney in Polk County.

As the news about the Democrats recruitment of Appel emerged yesterday, businessman Mike Sherzan announced that he was dropping his bid against Latham due to health reasons.  Sherzan was an early recruit of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, who they considered to be a top recruit.

Regardless of whom the Democrats recruit to run against Latham in 2014, it’s going to be an uphill battle.  Latham has represented 56 of Iowa’s 99 counties and has only lost to a Democrat opponent in three of them.

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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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