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.
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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