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September 13th, 2013
 

We’re Going to Fight Fight Fight for Whitaker – The Friday Roundup

Whitaker Gets Some Love from the Iowa Hawkeyes

FootballRepublican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Whitaker was prominently featured in “The Playbook,” the official game-day magazine for the premium seating areas inside Kinnick Stadium for the Iowa – Missouri State game last week.

The front-page article by Darren Miller sang the praises of Whitaker as a player at Iowa and his successes following graduation.

“In football, you learn how to work hard, and if you do the right thing on a consistent basis, you will get good results,” Whitaker is quoted saying.  “The qualities of perseverance, hard work and stick-to-it-ness are key features that I learned playing for coach Fry.”

Who knows, maybe instead of the ANF logo at the “Spirit Game” it will be ANW this year.

Draft Schulte Movement Up To 21 Members on Facebook

Thursday after lunch, I decided to check in on the status of the Draft Renee Schulte Facebook page.  At 1:23 p.m. the page had just 21 members.  That’s not a resounding show of strength for a draft movement.

I understand why Schulte and others are looking at making a congressional run in Iowa’s 1st Congressional district, but the clock is ticking.  The longer candidates like Schulte, Paul Pate, and State Representative Walt Rogers wait to enter the race, the more difficult winning the primary becomes.

It takes time to travel and meet activists and voters across a congressional district.  It also takes significant time to raise money.  Sure, it’s only September, but I’m not convinced that any of these candidates are going to be able to raise the type of money it would take to steam roll the two candidates who are already in the race.

I know that some Republicans in the 1st Congressional District don’t think much of Rod Blum and Steve Rathje, but I also think they over-estimate the abilities of those who are thinking about joining the race.  No offense to Schulte, Pate, and Rogers, but most people in the district don’t know who they are.

As state representatives, Rogers and Schulte each represented a constituency of just over 30,000 Iowan.  Legislators are big deals at the State Capitol in Des Moines and in their hometowns, but ask someone if they have ever heard of a random state representative outside of their district, and you are probably going to get a lot of head scratching.

I don’t care who jumps into the 1st District race, Rod Blum is a formidable candidate with a huge advantage over his competition.  Having run in the district before and preformed well despite coming up short makes him the clear frontrunner.

Democrats Try to Take Credit for Tuition Freeze

State Senator Herman Quirmbach emailed every student at Iowa State on Tuesday to welcome them to campus and tell them what a great guy he is.   What’s notable is that the email isn’t from his legislative email account, but rather it’s from herman@hermanquirmbach.com.   This leads us to wonder if Iowa State would let Quirmback’s opponent send an email to every student on campus.  I doubt it.

In the email, Quirmbach asks the students to follow him on Facebook, email him at another non-legislative email account, and sign up for his newsletter.  He also says, “This year, for the first time in many decades, there is NO tuition increase for in-state undergraduates!”

The tuition freeze is a big deal, but I doubt he’s willing to give credit where credit is due – namely, Governor Branstad and the Board of Regents.

Whitaker’s Law Firm Starts Advertising on WHO Radio

I’ve never heard a radio advertisement for Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff LLP until this week.  Obviously the ad caught my attention since Whitaker is running for the U.S. Senate, and I’ve never heard or seen a law firm advertise their values before.  I’m also told that another ad spotlights their work on behalf of the Iowa Firearms Coalition.

Whitaker might want to be careful.  In 2005, 1st District Congressional Candidate Mike Whalen got himself into a mess when he started running a TV ad for his iconic Iowa Machine Shed restaurants that featured him saying, “we’ll look forward to sharing the best that Iowa agriculture has to offer.”  That ad was produced by the same firm that is consulting Whitaker’s campaign.  The Whitaker ads are not pre-recorded, but rather are read aloud by the people giving the traffic updates on the radio.

One of Whalen’s Republican opponents, Brian Kennedy, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission questioning whether Whalen was using corporate funds to advance his political effort.  The FEC acquitted Whalen and the Machine Shed, but all the political scuttlebutt the ads created did more to distract his campaign than help it.

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Craig Robinson
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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