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June 28th, 2013

The Next Steve King? Braley Thinks So

Congressman Bruce Braley’s latest fundraising pitch to Iowa Democrats is mostly about Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis, who he calls, “the next Steve King.” The Braley campaign also mentions Mark Jacobs and Bob Vander Plaats, but it makes no mention of either of the two other formally declared candidates, Matt Whitaker and David Young.

Braley’s assertion that Clovis is a King clone may get Democrats all riled up, but it’s political gold for Clovis in a Republican primary.  While the race for the Republican nomination is wide open, most people would consider Clovis a long shot, yet he clearly has Braley’s attention.

Clovis has earned a lot of media coverage this week by attending events in Johnson and Dallas Counties and by weighing in on the major issues of the day.  Below is the Braley email in its entirety.

From: Molly Scherrman
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2013 4:18 PM
Subject: The next Steve King

You may have thought Steve King wasn’t running for Senate in Iowa, but unless we meet our fundraising goal this Sunday, we may give the next Steve King a leg up.

That’s right, the next Steve King: a Rush Limbaugh-style talk radio host from Sioux City named Sam Clovis.

He’s a self-described “red meat conservative” who wants to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood. Clovis has claimed that the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA would open the door to marriages between more than two people.

Sound familiar?

And just this week, he called immigration reform “an abomination.”

Don’t let the next Steve King build momentum. Please donate $10 or more today before Sunday’s FEC deadline.

And just like Steve King, Sam Clovis is “gaining a lot of support from tea party people.” You know what that means: we’re getting a candidate who can energize his base, raise money fast, and win tough elections.

If that’s not enough, two other potential challengers have emerged. One you may already know: Steve King’s right hand man, Bob Vander Plaats of The Family Leader, who says he’s “going to be very involved in the US Senate race” in 2014. The other is a multi-millionaire ex-Wall Street banker, Mark Jacobs, who can fund an entire statewide campaign with the stroke of a pen through his checkbook.

We need to make sure that we’ve got the ability to fight back against another Tea Party extremist. Will you chip in $10 or more before Sunday’s deadline to help us?

Iowa deserves a Senator who will represent and work to solve real problems for all Iowans, not someone who will only work to promote their extreme views and block progress at every step.

Thanks for all you do,


Paid for by Braley for Iowa
PO Box 390
Waterloo, IA 50704

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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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