Democrats threw everything they had at conservative Congressman Steve King in 2012. They recruited former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack, who they believed to be the ideal candidate. They also invested more than $7 million and ran a consistently vicious campaign, bolstered by liberal, out-of-state groups. Despite a good November 2012 election night overall for Democrats, Vilsack still lost by eight points.
This go-around, the Democrats’ recruit is an unknown 27-year old named Jim Mowrer, who quit his job at the Pentagon and moved his family out of Washington, D.C. to return to Boone for a run against King. Predictably, Mowrer attacked Congressman King during an interview with Radio Iowa.
“Steve King isn’t working for Iowans. He’s not working for the 4th district and I have a record of actually getting things done,” Mowrer said.
To say liberal activists are unenthused at Mowrer’s chances it an understatement. Blogger John Deeth referred to him as “Some Dude”, his standard moniker for unknown candidates with no chance. Deeth also warned Democrats about investing in Mowrer’s campaign.
“So go ahead and send that money if you want, but understand that it’s a long-range investment that won’t pay off in 2014,” the liberal blogger wrote.
Schultz Announces for SD 9, Holt for HD 18
Iowa House Representative Jason Schultz (R-Schleswig) made his candidacy for the state senate official on Tuesday with an announcement at Cronk’s Café in Denison. Schultz is running for the seat currently held by longtime Senator Nancy Boettger (R-Harlan), who plans to retire following the 2014 legislative session.
“Jason will be a great senator and I look forward to him representing me in the senate,” Boettger said. “Jason is right on the issues and he has shown his commitment to making Iowa a better place. Jason has my full support”.
Schultz, a third-term member of the Iowa House who endorsed Ron Paul for president in 2011, heaped praise on Senator Boettger and promised to follow in her footsteps.
“As I travel across this area, I know we are on the right direction and that is due to the representation by Senator Nancy Boettger,” Schultz said. “I would like to say thank you to Senator Nancy Boettger for her leadership and commitment she has shown to western Iowa and our great state. I want to assure you that I will work to gain your trust and level of accessibility you had with Nancy.”
Jason Schultz is family farmer who also served seven years in the Iowa National Guard.
Also at Cronk’s Café in Denison on Tuesday, local businessman Steve Holt announced his plans to run for the seat currently held by Rep. Schultz. Holt is a lifelong Republican who served 20 years in the U.S. Marines.
“I’m running for the Iowa House to limit and reduce the size and scope of state government and to ensure our veterans have the highest quality of care when they return home,” Holt said. “Our soldiers have volunteered to sacrifice for our great nation. We must hold up our end of the contract with them and make sure they have access to quality services and quality jobs.”
Holt also vowed to lobby for an amendment to the state Constitution to protect and strengthen Iowans’ Second Amendment rights. Holt owns two small businesses in Denison.
Photo by Dave Davidson
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