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June 6th, 2013
 

Iowa Democrats Confuse Canadian Farmers for Iowans Eh?

The Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) is having a little fun at U.S. Senate candidate David Young’s expense.  On Wednesday IDP launched www.WelcomeToIA.com to basically say that Young isn’t an Iowan.  The website also pokes fun at some of the things he has said in recent interviews.

The site has pictures helping Young determine what a barn, silo, and the Butter Cow at the Iowa State Fair look like.  It also shows two farmers shaking their hands under a caption that reads, “In Iowa, working together looks like this.”

There is just one problem.  The stock photo they used isn’t of Iowa farmers, it’s actually an image of two farmers from Canada.  You can see the original image from iStockphoto here.  The profile of the photographer also includes an Alberta, Canada phone number, so I guess the photo doesn’t really depict Iowans working together.

For all Iowa Democrats seem to “know” about Iowa, they certainly don’t know Iowa when they see it…or DON’T see it in this case.  I don’t know, the giant blue tractor would have caused me to have second thoughts about using the picture.  Sure there are some New Holland tractors in fields in Iowa, but since John Deere is a huge Iowa employer, I’d promote a local company instead of one based in Turin, Italy.

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Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, 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 TheIowaRepublican.com 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, TheIowaRepublcian.com. 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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